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Income is the Only Answer to Food Insecurity!

Man goes over finances, as worried woman holding baby looks onWhat is food insecurity?

Not having enough food or worrying there's not enough to eat because of financial constraints.

What is the root cause of food insecurity? Poverty. Consider:

• In Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, 13.5% of households are food insecure, which is higher than the Ontario average of 11.9%. 1, 2

dollar sign pointing to grocery basket• It costs $882 per month for an average family of four in our community to afford healthy food. See more real-life scenarios of how local residents struggle to afford healthy eating and make ends meet. 3

How do we fix it?

• Support income solutions such as the Basic Income Guarantee, increases to minimum wage, and better employment standards.

Send a message to your MPP/MP.


• Infographic #1: How Working Can Still = Poverty

• Infographic #2: Minimum Wage is Not Enough


Summary Report 2017: Addressing Food Insecurity Through Income  

• Video #1: Food Insecurity - A Problem That Hits Home

• Video #2: Why People in Our Community Live in Poverty

Position Statement on Responses to Food Insecurity - Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

For more information, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1218.


1. PROOF Food Insecurity Policy Research (2017), Monitoring food insecurity in Canada.

2. Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (2012). InFocus: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Healthy Weights, p. 5.

3. HKPR District Health Unit (May 2017). Nutrition Food Basket Costing