The Nippissing Parry Sound District Health Unit claims one in seven families faces food insecurity and officials say this issue can cause serious health implications.

Food insecurity is defined as a household that does not have enough money to buy food. It can range from the anxiety about running out of food, to skipping meals to buying cheaper, less healthy options.

“We’re trying to raise awareness in the North Bay Parry Sound District about the magnitude of the problem,” said Erin Reyce, a public health dietician.

The health unit says poverty is the root of food insecurity, and the District of Nippissing Social Services Administration Board says food insecurity is linked to low household income and the high cost of living. It’s a problem the administration board is trying to tackle.