Each year, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit conducts Nutritious Food Basket costing. The results show that individuals and households living with a low income struggle to buy enough nutritious food after paying rent, bills, and other living expenses.

While food banks play an important role in reducing food insecurity, they are not a permanent solution to this problem. Food bank operators work hard to increase food access facing several challenges in the process. Individuals and families may find it difficult or embarrassing to have to go to a food bank. Some food banks may have a limited selection of food since they rely on donations and drives. Food banks do not always have the facilities to store fresh food such as vegetables, fruit, dairy products, eggs, fish and meat. Food banks may restrict the number of times recipients use their services, because their supply is limited.