Approximately one in nine households under the purview of the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit have food security concerns.

The problem of easily obtaining and affording safe, healthy and familiar food for about 11% of households, combined with only a quarter of those food insecure houses accessing local food banks, has the health unit looking at other options.

“The root of household food insecurity is poverty,” said Jane Shrestha, a registered dietitian working on the food security issue for the health unit. “Solutions that have an impact on the incomes of folks who are struggling to put food on the table are likely to be the most effective solutions we have available.”