The Canadian PressNovember 5, 2013 02:32
OTTAWA - The number of Canadians using food banks has fallen off slightly but still remains near record highs almost four years after the end of the economic recession.
The annual study by Food Banks Canada, scheduled for release Tuesday, shows that more than 833,000 people relied on food handouts during one snapshot month earlier this year, compared with 872,379 the previous March. More than a third of them were children.
"Underlying this small drop is a concern of enormous proportions: food bank use remains higher than it was before the recession began," the report states.