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Reducing Household Food Insecurity

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Food or school supplies? Bus fare or winter boots? 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” or “food poverty”—not enough money for healthy food. It hits hard close to home—about 1 in 8 Simcoe Muskoka households experience some degree of food insecurity, from worrying about enough money for the next meal to going without food for the whole day.

Why should we be concerned? Food insecurity can have a serious impact on physical, mental and social health from childhood up—and this leads to greater health care use and higher health-care costs.  

Why are so many people still struggling to put healthy food on the table? No money for food is Cent$less. What can be done to make sure once and for all that everyone can afford to feed themselves and their families? Income solutions like a basic income guarantee, living wage, social assistance rates geared to the real cost of living are needed so that everyone has the means to afford their basic needs, including food.

If you are having difficulty viewing these videos, try another browser if you have one installed. Otherwise, follow these links to YouTube and try opening the videos there. 1) Income solutions. 2) Put healthy food on the table. 3) No money for food

In their own words

Some real-life stories of living with low income.

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  • Talk about the issue at the dinner table tonight
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Take the next step: Write the Premier

Here's a quick, easy way to make your voice heard.

  •  Use this link to go to a form, and cut and paste in the message below. Just add your name afterwards. You'll have an option to request a reply, and it's a secure form so it will not be used for any other reason than to get your voice heard!

Dear Premier Wynne: 

Where I live, there are too many people who can’t pay their rent and buy decent food without going into debt every month. It affects their health, their mental well-being, and their ability to lead productive lives. It’s really heartbreaking to see young moms at food banks, who can barely afford to feed their children let alone themselves.

I was excited to learn that you are creating a pilot project to test how a basic income will work to reduce the negative effects of poverty. I was also very pleased to learn of the leadership your government is showing by increasing the minimum wage and policy changes to increase access to affordable childcare. We live in a wealthy province but far too many people are still living in poverty.  Poverty hurts children, families, relationships and communities. Our friends and neighbours should not be going hungry and suffering because they do not have enough money to cover their basic needs and live with dignity.

I commend your government for your leadership on these matters and urge you to continue to make poverty reduction a priority.  You have the power to make Ontario a better place for everyone to lead healthy and happy lives. 

Take the next step, 2: Write your local politician
  • Send a Facebook or email message to your local MPP, MP or councillor (check your local municipal website).Cut and paste the message below.  If you’d like a written reply, send your mailing address.

Dear ***********

A lot of people in our community donate regularly to the food bank. It’s never enough; the food bank is always running short. Food banks are supposed to provide temporary supplies while people are in emergencies but lately it seems like people are chronically short of food. It’s really heartbreaking to see young moms at food banks who can barely afford to feed their children let alone themselves.

There are too many people in our local communities who can’t afford to buy decent food, pay their rent, and buy other basic necessities like school supplies, transportation, clothing, and personal care items without going into debt every month. It affects their health, their mental well-being, and their ability to lead productive lives.

This year the provincial government announced a pilot project to test how a basic income guarantee will work to reduce the negative effects of poverty. Poverty hurts children, families, relationships, and communities. Our friends and neighbours should not be going hungry and suffering because they do not have enough money to cover their basic needs and live with dignity. This pilot is a start. Every level of government has a role to play in helping those living in poverty to get the food, housing, and basic necessities they need to be healthy and reach their full potential as citizens.  

I urge you to stand behind income solutions like basic income guarantee, living wage and increasing and indexing social assistance rates and the minimum wage to inflation.

Thank you for your time

[Yourname]

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