The health care costs associated with food insecurity are staggering. Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, well-known food insecurity researcher with the University of Toronto/PROOF project, will present the latest results of their research into the health care costs associated with food insecurity among working-aged adults in Ontario. The researchers documented a more than two-fold difference in health care costs among adults in severely food insecure households compared to those who were food secure.

The findings suggest that policy interventions to address food insecurity can be expected to offset considerable public expenditures in health care.