The Impact Of Food Insecurity On Health

At Haven Toronto, every single elder client is impacted by homelessness or poverty, and 100% of those clients are food insecure.

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 healthcare system considerably.

Statistics Canada began monitoring food insecurity in 2005 through the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Since then, food insecurity has persisted across Canada, with over 4 million Canadians living in food insecure households. Food-insecure individuals, both adults and children, are likely to have poorer health.

Food-insecure adults are more vulnerable to chronic conditions, with the risk increasing with the severity of food insecurity.* Exposure to severe food insecurity leaves an indelible mark on children’s wellbeing, manifesting in greater risks for conditions like asthma, depression, and suicidal ideation in adolescence and early adulthood.