Hungry in Toronto
Food insecurity in Canada is growing. The struggle to afford food now affects more than four million Canadians. It’s profoundly linked to bad health — and to higher medical costs. The man in these photos, Matt, is one of hundreds of thousands of Torontonians whose days are consumed with the struggle for food while trying to pay rent and manage his many health problems, including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Commentary by Prof. Valerie Tarasuk (MSc ’87, PhD ’91), Department of Nutritional Sciences
Photos by Kristin Foster
Walking by any restaurant, even McDonald’s, where you smell food being cooked is frustrating if you’re hungry.