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Renters face food crisis

Toronto Sun - April 24, 2000
by David Smith

Toronto's housing crunch is sending more of our poor to food banks.

A joint survey by the Daily Bread and North York Harvest food banks reveals a sharp increase in the number of food bank users who must pay more than half their income on rent.

The number rose from 55% in 1995 to 65% this spring, the survey found.

Daily Bread executive director Sue Cox said these tenants are left with an average of $150 after rent, half of which goes to necessities like toilet paper, medicine and TTC tickets.

"What you have left for food can be as low as 18 bucks a week," Cox said yesterday. "StatsCan says the average person in Toronto spends $40 a week on their food."

The Easter food drive continues through May 7. Food can be dropped off at firehalls and Loblaws stores.

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