Food Insecurity

Huron Perth Public Health staff participate in the Perth County Food Security Coalition to advocate for income adequacy for all Ontarians. An estimated 9% of Perth County residents, or about 7,000 people, struggle to pay for food.

Food banks and community meals in Perth County

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity – not having enough money to buy food – is a serious public health problem. When income is too low, people do not have enough money for rent, bills and food.

What does food insecurity look like?

The experience of food insecurity can range from worrying about running out of food, to compromising the quantity or quality of food, or having to rely on cheaper, less nutritious food to keep hunger away. When severe, food insecurity can mean missing meals or going full days without eating.

The best way to end food insecurity is by addressing poverty. Income solutions such as a basic income guarantee, a living wage and social assistance rates geared to the real cost of living are needed so that everyone has the money they need for basic needs, including food.

How can I help?

Participate in the Perth County Food Security Coalition to advocate for income adequacy for all Ontarians. For more information contact Michele Hurd at 888-221-2133 x.3277.