Poverty and food insecurity are not always visible
It’s no secret that we are facing a food crisis. Alarm bells are ringing from every corner of Niagara, and our frontline agencies are struggling to keep up with the drastic increase in demand for food services. With the rising cost of living, spending more to buy less food is a reality for an increasing share of Canadian families. In many cases, people are forced to make decisions they never thought they would have to make.
And perhaps most shocking, 8 in 10 of those families earn incomes above the poverty line.
In a report released by Statistics Canada earlier this month, household food insecurity has reached a staggering 18.7% in Ontario. And perhaps most shocking, 8 in 10 of those families earn incomes above the poverty line. “Income alone cannot explain food insecurity. Rather, food insecurity stems from the interplay of various factors, including the stability of income, assets and debt, access to family and social supports, and the cost of living,” the report explains.
36,635 households in Niagara are experiencing food insecurity to some degree, and the sweeping majority are employed like Chris.
Based on these numbers, of the 195,914 households in Niagara, 36,635 are experiencing food insecurity to some degree (representing approximately 87,000 people), and the sweeping majority are employed like Chris.