Black Canadians experience food insecurity at nearly twice the rate of white Canadians, even when adjusting for household income, home ownership, immigration status and education, according to a new report.

One of the report’s authors says the findings – based on a survey of 491,400 Canadians – reveal “a very significant problem of racism.”

Rather than focusing exclusively on food banks or school breakfast programs, advocates and researchers say the solution to food insecurity lies in addressing the systemic discrimination that black people face at disproportionately high rates.