Who's going hungry?
Your neighbour, your kid's best friend's mom or dad, your co-worker.
The head of The Daily Bread Food Bank says they could all be going hungry.
Gail Nyberg gave a snap shot of the changing face of hunger as Daily Bread kicked off its fall food drive. The goal is to raise $400 000 & 400 000lbs of food through the end of November.
She tells Newstalk 1010 their clients are getting older & they're using the food bank for longer periods of time.
Nyberg says many workers over 45 who found themselves laid off during the recession are still struggling to find good-paying jobs in their field or to pick up new skills. While a few years ago, most Daily Bread clients only tapped into the food bank for a few months, Nyberg says now many are hanging on for as long as a year.
Nyberg is also worried about the growing number of new Canadians looking to them for help. 5 years ago, 44% of Daily Bread's clients had lived in the country for less than 5 years. Today, that figure is 51%
Nyberg is particularly disturbed by the fact that many of them have university degrees. She says governments have to do more to recognize credentials picked up outside the country.
Daily Bread is looking for food donations of things like peanut butter, tuna, baby formula, canned & bagged beans, lentils, pasta & pasta sauce.
You can drop off your food donations in bins at grocery stores like Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstores & No Frills or at fire halls across the GTA.
You can also give online through Daily Bread's website.