At this time of year, we are asked for donations to the food bank every time we turn around. Food banks rely on people’s generous spirits in December to get them through the rest of the year. It is good to remember that a significant number of people using food banks are women (and their children) who have left abusive partners. Women typically face grave financial insecurity when they flee abuse. In fact, a recent study showed that women who left an abusive partner were 20 times more likely to need a food bank than the average Canadian woman. Furthermore, this need remained for three years after separation.
study cited: Journal of Canadian Public Policy vol. 37.3