Every year volunteers go through the Manna Food Bank’s records and assemble statistics regarding food bank. This annual profile tells us who uses the food bank in our community, and gives us some clues as to why. All data relating to individuals remains confidential.
According to the 2011-2012 survey, between April of 2011 and the end of March 2012 the Manna Food Bank provided food to 658 households in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes, Huntsville, Georgian Bay and Lake of Bays.
More than half of households (53%) turned to the food bank once or twice per year. Only 5% of households use the food bank 10 or more times annually.
The majority of individuals were adults, about a third of them single individuals, 29% parents with children, 26% single parents with children and 12% couples with no children.
The primary source of income for about a third of them is social assistance, 20% are employed and another 8% report employment insurance as their primary source of income. The vast majority (77%) live in private rental housing.
Download a PDF of the entire survey, covering April 2011 to the end of March 2012.
Food bank use has climbed over time–the number of households that used the food bank in 2005-2006 was 485, and the percentage of clients from Gravenhurst has climbed steadily, from 8% in 2005 to 25% last year. But the remainder of statistics have been fairly consistent. For a comparative review of stats from 2005 to 2010, download a PDF of the 2010/11 Manna Survey. View our Client Profile 2011 page.