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Health Equity

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.

Empty plate with the word centsless.

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 that everyone has enough money for food.

  • Increase social assistance rates to match real living costs, indexed to inflation
  • Support fair workplaces and good jobs with regular hours and benefits
  • Increase minimum wage
  • Provide a basic income for all Ontarians

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.

Food and Poverty, in Video


Shanty Bay Public School student Noah voices his opinion about food insecurity in a video he created as a school project.

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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