One in five Vancouver Island families struggles to pay for healthy food, a new study says.

A University of Toronto study looking at food security in British Columbia found that families with children younger than 18 are particularly vulnerable.

About 20.6 per cent of Islanders with children are food insecure, compared with 11.1 per cent of all Islanders.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Valerie Tarasuk, a nutritional sciences professor.