Food Security Q&A

1. True or False: Low-income households spend the majority of their income on fixed expenses, such as rent and utilities, compromising their ability to afford healthy food.

True. Low-income households spent the majority of their income on fixed expenses such as rent and utilities.

2. In York Region, a nutritious food basket, which would provide one month of healthy eating for a single person on social assistance, would take up ­­____% of that person’s monthly budget.

  1. 27%
  2. 39%
  3. 44%
  4. 53%

39%. In York Region, a nutritious food basket would take up 39% of a person of social assistance’s monthly budget.

 3. In 2015, what percentage of food bank users in Toronto were children?

  1. 8%
  2. 13%
  3. 26%
  4. 32%

32%. Last year, 32% of Toronto food bank users were children.

4. Of teachers polled, what percentage believe there are students in their classroom who come to school hungry?

  1. 54%
  2. 68%
  3. 76%
  4. 81%

68%. Of Toronto teachers polled, 68% of them believe there are students in their classroom who come to school hungry.

5. True or False: After rent is paid, the average food-bank client has $8.95/person/day.

False. After rent is paid, the average food bank client only has $5.83/person/day, making it nearly impossible to afford basic needs such as healthy, nutritious food.