Close to half of Nunavut households categorized themselves as moderately or severely food insecure in a national survey, according to Statistic Canada data released on Tuesday.

With nearly half of Nunavut homes struggling to obtain enough to eat, food banks like this one in Baker Lake are an essential life line. Photo courtesy Erin Strachan

While 50.6 per cent of Nunavut respondents to the Canadian Community Health Survey in 2017-18 reported that they had enough nutritious food on hand, 25.7 per cent in the territory classified themselves as moderately food insecure and the remaining 23.7 per cent listed themselves as severely food insecure.

Nationally, 91.3 per cent of households stated that they had a sufficient quantity of food. Moderately food insecure homes across Canada amounted to 5.3 per cent while severely food insecure residences came in at three per cent.

 

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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...