The global recession is forcing more Edmonton families to seek help from food banks, says Majorie Bencz, an executive director with Edmonton’s Food Bank.

The local food bank says the 15,496 people it helped through its hamper program in March jumped by 60 per cent from the 9,034 people it served around the same time last year.

“The result of the recession is forcing families to turn to Edmonton’s Food Bank,” said Bencz in a statement yesterday, on National Hunger Awareness Day.

“Although it is placing a strain on our resources, we are trying to keep up with the demand.”

Food banks across the country are also reporting a 20 increase in the number of Canadians turning to food banks each month.