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Toronto food banks record highest number of visits ever during pandemic, new report says

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Toronto resident Alda Arthur started visiting the Spadina-Fort York Community Care food bank for the first time in September of last year when it became clear that she couldn’t afford all her expenses on a fixed pension.

Mobility challenges caused by osteoporosis also made travelling to the grocery story too difficult for the 86-year-old, who gets around with a walker.

Since then, Arthur has made almost weekly trips on Saturday afternoons to the location inside her building on the Esplanade in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood to collect staples like bread, cheese and fresh vegetables, along with non-perishable food items.

“It’s been great to have access to food like that, and also some of the things that you normally wouldn’t [buy yourself],” said Arthur.

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