THE FACTS ABOUT HUNGER
Food insecurity is lack of access to nutritious food due to financial constraints and affects more than 4 million Canadians.
1 in 6 Canadian children face food insecurity.
Food insecurity is a particular problem in the Canadian territories where access to healthy food is desperately lacking and residents are much more likely to be food insecure.
Hunger takes a toll on overall well being, physical and mental health and in turn the healthcare system.
Healthcare cost of food insecure populations is double of those who have access to healthy food.
Social and economic disadvantages (one parent-female led home, Aboriginal status, lower education, reliance on social assistance) leads to food insecurity.
Canadian Food Insecurity Resources:
PROOF - Food Insecurity Policy Research
Food Banks Canada
Canada Without Poverty