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Food insecurity

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Food insecurity is a measure of the accessibility, affordability and availability of quality food for sale in stores. A 2010 survey found that in the previous 12 months, 61 percent of low-income Yukoners either:

  • ran out of food before they had money to buy more,
  • worried that they would run out of food before they had money to buy more, or
  • could not to afford to eat balanced meals.

Despite the fact that people in the Yukon hunt, fish, gather and grow food, some people don’t have enough to eat.

Food insecurity is related to income. Only 4 percent of the highest income earners experienced food insecurity compared to 61 percent of low-income earners.

Food insecurity makes it difficult, if not impossible, for families to eat healthy, nutritious meals.