Food policy expert Valerie Tarasuk doesn’t mince words when it comes to how Newfoundland and Labrador has slipped in terms of people going hungry.

“It’s really quite disturbing,” she says.

Food insecurity is the struggle to afford food or have access to food.

Tarasuk, a professor at the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, said the province once held bragging rights, of sorts, when it came to the issue.

“Newfoundland and Labrador was the poster child for managing food insecurity,” she said.