Hastings Prince Edward Public Health program manager Jillian Gumbley reported new statistics to the counties’ health board Wednesday in Belleville. Speaking during the board’s monthly meeting, she said prices increased by three per cent between 2015 and 2016.

“Poverty is the root cause of food insecurity,” she said.

“We need to work locally and advocate provincially to identify solutions to that, such as the advancements that have taken place in terms of basic income and increases to social assistance rates,” said Gumbley.