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Reducing Household Food Insecurity

It takes more than food to solve hunger

Imagine month after month not having enough money to put healthy food on your family’s table and to pay for rent and other basics like clothing, school supplies, transportation and phone bills. This situation is known as “food insecurity” — not enough money for healthy food.

Why should we be concerned?

  • 1 in 8 Simcoe Muskoka households are food insecure
  • Only 1 out of 4 food insecure people will visit a food bank
  • People who experience food insecurity have poorer physical and mental health and are less able to participate in our communities
  • The most food insecure individuals can cost the health care system up to 121% more money

What can be done to make sure that everyone can afford to feed themselves and their families once and for all? It is important to put in place policies that make sure everyone has enough money for food.

  • Keeping the Ontario Basic Income pilot project a priority
  • Increasing social assistance rates and linking them to the real cost of living
  • Creating policies that encourage good jobs with regular hours and benefits


Get involved
  • Share your favourite video on social media
  • Talk about the issue with your local MP or MPP to express your concerns about household food insecurity in your community.
  • Write a letter to the Premier and all provincial party leaders to express your concerns about household food insecurity in your community.

Food and Poverty, in Video


More resources

The resources below are printable, if you have a colour printer. If you would like to receive printed copies of these, please contact us through Health Connection.



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