The Spending Patterns of Food Insecure Households

Household food insecurity - the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints - is a serious public health problem in Canada. It negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health, and costs our health care system considerably. Statistics Canada began monitoring household food insecurity in 2005 through the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).1 The most recent national prevalence estimate from 2012 showed that 1 in 8 households in Canada are food insecure. This amounts to over 4 million Canadians, including 1.15 million children, living in homes that struggle to put food on the table.

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