Relationship Between Food Banks and Food Insecurity in Canada

Food insecurity - the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints - is monitored by Statistics Canada through the Canadian Community Health Survey. Based on the most recent national estimates from 2012, over 4 million Canadians are living in food-insecure households. Food insecurity is a serious public health problem in Canada because it negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health, and costs our healthcare system considerably.

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