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The facts about food insecurity
Food Banks Canada
Oct, 2017

Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time.

Food banks are an important method of addressing this need. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth.

The people who visit food banks
come from all backgrounds. They include families with children, employed people whose low wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including seniors and people with disabilities.

August 3, 2022

Food insecurity affects tens of millions of people domestically and two billion people worldwide. The experience of food insecurity can range from worrying about food, to compromising on food, to hunger.

While people are generally aware of the discomfort and harm associated with hunger, there may be less awareness that food insecurity is harmful even to people who never go hungry. Prior research has shown that individuals who experience food insecurity face a host of diet-related health problems like heart disease, obesity, and declines in memory, learning, and reasoning. Food insecurity is also associated with a broad range of psychological difficulties, including depression, stress, and anxiety.

Water insecurity, as demonstrated by tap water avoidance, may exacerbate food insecurity in multiple ways...
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