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Food Insecurity

Household FOOD INSECURITY is commonly defined as inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints. Experiences of household food insecurity can range from concerns about running out of food before there is enough money to buy more, to the inability to afford a balanced diet, to going hungry, missing meals, and in extreme cases, not eating for a whole day because of lack of food and money for food.


  • The proportion of households experiencing marginal, moderate or severe food insecurity from 2012-2014 was 17% in Guelph and 9% in Wellington County
  • The cost of a Nutritious Food Basket for a family of four in Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin was $917 per month in 2017
  • A single person receiving Ontario Works would be required to spend nearly 40% of their monthly income to afford a 2017 Nutritious Food Basket