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Food banks helped 19,769 New Brunswickers in one month this year – more than a third of them children, a national report says.

HungerCount2016, released Tuesday by Food Banks Canada, reports that 32.5 per cent of food bank users in New Brunswick, or about 6,425 people, were under the age of 18.

The number of young users is up slightly from the year before, although the proportion of users who are children, at 32.5 per cent, is about the same.

Shawn Pegg, director of policy and research at Food Banks Canada, said the number of children using food banks is out of proportion to their numbers in the population.

"We know that children are consistently over represented at food banks," Pegg said. "They make up 20 per cent of the population, yet they account for 36 per cent of people [nationally] assisted by food banks."

HungerCount2016 compares the use of food banks in March this year with the same month in previous years.