Myth: Anyone can just come and get food, any time they want.
Reality: The Food Bank is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM-Noon. Clients are allowed to use the food bank services once every two weeks. The food that clients receive is only emergency food designed to last for about 2 days, at most. There is only one food hamper per household/address. After a person’s third visit, they need to provide financial information to prove need.
Myth: Most food bank clients use food bank services every two weeks.
Reality: 27% of the 1211 food bank households in 2015, only use food bank services once per year. About 60% of clients/households use the food bank 4 times or less per year. Only 3.5% of clients/households use the food bank more then 20 times a year.
Myth: All food bank clients are on Social Assistance.
Reality: While 48% of food bank clients/households report they are on Social Assistance. The majority of food bank clients/households report income from other sources: they are employed (7%), on Employment Insurance (3%), receive Disability (25%), collect a Pension (9%), receive Student Loans (3%) or have no income (5%).
Myth: There is no problem with Hunger in Canada