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Food and Nutrition

Cost of Healthy Eating

Poverty & Household Food Insecurity: the Affordability of a Healthy Diet in Simcoe and Muskoka

The combined costs of rent and a healthy diet are out of the reach of many low-income residents of Simcoe and Muskoka.

Paying for other basics — such as telephone, transportation, school expenses, and household and personal care items — puts them even further behind.  Policies to increase income and supports for vulnerable people are the key to addressing household food insecurity.

View our Cost of Healthy Eating info graphic  (PDF) that brings the Nutritious Food Basket data to life.

For full details of 2015 survey results for Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka separately:

Nutritious Food Basket

Household Food Insecurity

To learn more about poverty and food security issues:

Campaign 2000 Poverty Quiz: Test your knowledge of child and family poverty in Canada. 

Campaign 2000 movement to support the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. 

Food Banks Canada is a network of food banks that carries out research, public education and advocates for public policy changes to address the root causes of hunger.

Do the Math Create a monthly budget for someone living on social assistance: should $$ go for internet? Pet food? Soap? Transit? If so, what do these things cost? How much is a reasonable amount to spend on rent and food?

Food Bank Donations - Healthy Ideas booklet and poster provide ideas for healthy foods that can help people meet Canada's Food Guide recommendations.  

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