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Healthy Eating

Food For All

Imagine not having the money to put healthy food on the table and have enough left for rent and other basics like toilet paper, toothpaste, clothing, school supplies and phone bills. This is the reality for almost 70,000 Simcoe Muskoka residents living with low income.

Household food insecurity is rooted in poverty

Low income and its impact on health in Simcoe Muskoka

Measuring the local cost of healthy eating

Year after year, health units measure how much it costs to eat a basic healthy diet.  Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) results show that people who rely on social assistance or are earning minimum wage do not have enough money to buy basic healthy foods and pay for rent and other basic needs. Food insecurity is an issue that continues to affect far too many local people.

Household food insecurity in Simcoe and Muskoka

The programs and supports that communities currently use to help people who can’t afford healthy foods are not working.  Poverty is the root of the problem. Communities and governments should lead by example and provide long-term, income-based solutions like guaranteed basic income, affordable housing and improved social assistance rates.

Check out the OSNPPH position statement and info graphic to learn more about food insecurity and what can be done. 

For more information about income and its impact on the health of those living with low income see health equity and the social determinants of health.

Need more information or want to find out how to support Food For All in your community? 

Contact Health Connection:  1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, by email, or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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