Food Affordability and Food Insecurity
The Grey Bruce Health Unit monitors the cost and affordability of healthy eating using the Ontario Nutritious Food Basket Survey.
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Food insecurity – not having enough money to buy food – is a serious public health problem. When income is too low, people do not have enough money for rent, bills and food.
Food insecurity has severe negative impacts on physical and mental health as well as social well-being and costs our healthcare system considerably. An estimated one in five Grey Bruce residents struggle to pay for food.
What does food insecurity look like?
The experience of food insecurity can range from worrying about running out of food, to compromising the quantity or quality of food. When severe, food insecurity can mean missing meals or going full days without eating.
Food insecurity is a very sensitive indicator of poverty, and can only be addressed with effective poverty responses. Income solutions such as a basic income guarantee, a living wage and social assistance rates geared to the real cost of living are needed so that everyone has the money they need for basic needs, including food. Food insecurity cannot be solved by food charity.
Working with the Community to End Food Insecurity
Grey Bruce Health Unit staff participate in the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force and its Food Security Action Group to advocate for effective poverty responses including adequate incomes for all.
Created by the Food Security Action Group, the Bruce Grey Food Charter represents a commitment to work together to build a vibrant, sustainable, food secure community. With community participation, a sustainable local food system will prioritize health, social justice, education, economic development, the environment, and culture.