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Friday, September 6, 2019

Food Insecurity in Grey Bruce

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

Public Health says in 2019 dollars, it takes $218 a week to feed a family of four

Food insecurity is a very real thing for many people of all ages in Bruce and Grey Counties and is defined as the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.

Public Health Dietitian with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Laura Needham says 20% of Bruce Grey households are food insecure.

Needham says what you may not realize is that "most people who are food insecure have jobs" and are working hard at them, rather than the stereotypical view of someone who tries to milk the system and "float through life."

She says another aspect of food insecurity is the pressure it puts on the health system.

Needham states, "They're experiencing chronic disease at higher rates.  If you experience food insecurity as a child, later on in life, you're more likely to have mental health and social issues, even if you become secure (with food)."

The Nutritious Food Basket conducted annually by Public Health shows in 2019 dollars, it takes $218 a week to feed a family of four.

In Grey/Bruce, almost 23,000 people are living in low-income households.

The Poverty Task Force is asking Bruce County to consider a Food Charter when setting priorities or goals in housing, economic development, land use, strategic plans and climate strategies, 

More information can be found at  HERE.

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