November 12, 2009 10:05 ET

Montreal: A 32 % Increase in the Use of Food Bank Programs as a Permanent Solution

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2009) - For more than 18 300 Montrealers, the need to turn to community organisations for emergency food supplies is becoming a permanent solution. According to the Hunger Count 2009 Report unveiled by Moisson Montreal today, this represents a 32 % increase in visits to food counters compared to last year. Johanne Theroux, Executive Director of Canada's largest food bank, has painted an alarming portrait of poverty in Montreal in a context where food product donations upon which the organisation is dependent are on the decline. Among those most greatly affected are the elderly, children and single-income workers. For many Montrealers, depending on community support to fill kitchen cupboards is no longer an emergency measure, but a permanent one.

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