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An Economic Analysis of Food Bank Use in Toronto, Canada

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dc.contributor.advisor Sarker, Rakhal Sweeney, Angela 2018-05-04T12:54:00Z 2018-05-04T12:54:00Z 2018-05 2018-04-23 2018-05-04
dc.description.abstract Food is more abundant and less costly in Canada, in real terms, than it probably has ever been, yet an estimated 12% of Canadians continue to struggle with food insecurity (Tarasuk et al., 2016). Food banks were established as a temporary response to food insecurity in Canada in the 1980s but have since become institutionalized as the demand for their services continues. To date, two studies have investigated the socioeconomic drivers of food bank use. This research contributes to the literature by investigating additional factors that include the impact of disability status, household size, Indigenous status, subsidized housing status and the 2008 recession on food bank use. The empirical analysis employs a count data modeling approach to datasets obtained from the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. The results demonstrate that being income poor, having a larger household, being Indigenous or having a disability significantly increase the reliance on food banks. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Food Bank en_US
dc.subject Economic en_US
dc.subject Food Insecurity en_US
dc.subject Toronto en_US
dc.title An Economic Analysis of Food Bank Use in Toronto, Canada en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US
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