A new study shows nearly two in five post-secondary students in Canada have limited or inadequate access to food.
Speaking on the Jill Bennett show – lead author Drew Silverthorn with Meal Exchange says many students either reduce the quality of the food or reduce the amount their eat.
“We looked at the prevalence of food insecurity among university students on five campuses across the country and so we were looking at seeing how many students were food insecure and what students where the most likely to be food insecure.”
Silverthorn says there’re a lot of students in Canada who are struggling.
“Food insecurity can look like reducing the quality of food that you purchase, reducing how much food you purchase, cutting back on how much you eat, or even more extreme case like not eating for an entire day or prolonged periods of time.”
Students reported experiencing problems with their physical health due to food insecurity.
Nearly half of the respondents reported they had sacrificed buying healthy food to pay for rent, tuition or textbooks.