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A new report authored by Ron Kneebone and Margarita Wilkins, from the School of Public Policy at The University of Calgary, identifies the extent to which food bank visits may be directly associated with changes in government policies.
Examining monthly data from Daily Bread Food Bank, the authors tracked changes in the cost of shelter and in labour market conditions against food bank visits between January 2014-March 2020 – a period which saw a 53% increase in visits. The report finds that food bank visits directly rise with increases in rent, with falls in minimum wage and with reductions in the disability benefits available to individuals requiring social assistance. For more information, click here.
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