Food insecurity is about income. It’s about inadequate social assistance rates and increases in low-wage jobs, as well as part-time and contract employment, which make it hard for families to have adequate stable income. It’s about a lack of affordable housing — which forces many families to choose between paying rent and buying food. It’s about not having enough money to afford one’s basic needs on a consistent basis.

It’s time to move beyond the predictable results that come from emergency responses and look to more effective and dignified ways of addressing hunger and poverty in Canada and our community.

This is why a growing number of community organizations, academics, doctors and leaders across party lines are calling on governments for bold leadership and solutions. Solutions such as implementing a basic income guarantee, increasing investments in affordable housing and developing a national food strategy, as part of a broader anti-poverty plan.