Alarm bells are being rung over the growing number of people in Canada who are relying on food banks to get through daily life.

According to Food Banks Canada, the number of people using the facilities across the country is at an all-time high.

After dipping slightly in 2011, food bank use in Canada increased by 2.4% this year.

Wes Clark is one of the managers at the food bank in Prince Albert.

Clark says he has noticed a rise in demand since the recession of 2008-2009.

He says many families are spending so much on rent they don’t have enough money for food.

“One of the things that’s happening is we’re noticing large families in housing, due to the high rent costs out there.”

Saskatoon Food Bank director Laurie O’Connor says the number of people using food banks in Saskatchewan over the past decade has soared 48%.

She adds 43% of their clients are children.