There is bitter irony in the fact that 10.9 per cent of people in ‘Ontario’s Garden’ and its neighbouring county are considered to be in marginal, moderate and severe food insecurity (FI), while 7.3 per cent are in moderate and severe FI. Although those numbers compare favourably to provincial averages of 8.7 per cent and 12.2 per cent, respectively, anything above zero is a concern.
“The problem isn’t a lack of food. It’s the lack of income,” said Molly Campbell, public health dietician with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s community health team.
The issue is not limited to those on social assistance, Campbell clarified during her presentation to Norfolk County council on Tuesday, in response to a request from Coun. Mike Columbus to further explain a 58.9 per cent statistic related to those on low-paying or unstable job situations. The stat means, Campbell explained, that 58.9 per cent of those considered to be living in FI “are working.”