Food insecurity is often beyond people’s own control. We live in a politically dangerous time where the easiest thing to do is to blame individuals for getting themselves into poverty or failing to get themselves out of poverty.

But food insecurity is about so much more: it is affected by the withdrawal of government social supports and safety nets, minimum wage laws, retailers’ decisions about what is profitable or not, global politics and health crises, and the flow of global food supplies in a way that is fair and just for food producers and labourers throughout the world.

Poverty that leads to food insecurity is complex and cannot be explained away by blaming individuals. It is a compassionate and political act to remember this and to remember the power that we as citizens in a democracy have to create a society where no one worries about having enough food.