64.5% of food bank users were low-income, rental market tenants
412,998 individuals accessed Ontario food banks in March 2012
38.7% of food bank users, or 159,918 individuals, were children (11,737 more children than in March 2011)
44.6% of all food bank users were women over 18 years of age
A food desert is a geographic area where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain, particularly for those without access to an automobile. Food deserts usually exist in rural areas and low-income communities.
With the rise of the suburban superstore and lots of small innercity supermarkets a challenge arises for those in overt and for planners and public health policy makers because of the uneven distribution of healthy, affordable food.