In Canada, household food insecurity affects 1 in 6 Canadian children and over 1.6 million households experienced some level of food insecurity in 2012.

In the Waterloo region specifically, 6.8% of households experienced food insecurity in 2014.

Findings show that by addressing food insecurity through targeted policy interventions, reductions in health care costs and improved overall health can be observed. Long-term solutions are needed in terms of income support, such that people aren’t making trade-offs for nutritional quality of their food.