April 1, 2021
So much of our daily life is centred on food: it nourishes our health and well-being; strengthens our social and cultural bonds; and fuels our creativity and productivity.
Sadly, too many Ontarians have insufficient access to food. Food insecurity has reached a critical point and threatens the well-being of children and families as well as our overburdened health-care system.
A new report, Eating in Ontario: What do we know?, from the Ontario Public Health Association and Nutrition Connections reveals the significance of the threat. Consider, nearly one in seven (13.3 per cent) of all households experience food insecurity. This includes one in three female lone-parent households. People who self-identify as Indigenous are three times more likely to experience food insecurity (22.5 per cent) compared to the non-Indigenous population (6.8 per cent).