Eating according to Canada’s food guide recommendations is not feasible when there is not adequate, consistent access to food. An individual can only begin making food choices that are right for them once food security is achieved. Food insecurity contributes to chronic disease risk in our community.
Food insecurity goes beyond poor nutritional status; it can have a serious impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Food insecure households are more vulnerable to chronic and infectious diseases, poor oral heath and chronic conditions like depression and anxiety disorders. Food insecurity is affecting people across Canada and right in our community. Based on data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Income Survey (CIS), 15.9% of households in the ten provinces were food-insecure in 2021.
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Food Affordability in Brant
Each year, the Brant County Health Unit surveys the price of food items from local grocery stores. Using this data and a survey tool called the Nutritious Food Basket, we calculate the cost of healthy eating in Brantford and the County of Brant and compare it to income scenarios of different groups. This helps us understand how feasible it is for people with different sources of income to eat healthy in our community. Food costing tools can be used to raise awareness about the cost of healthy eating and to assist policy and decision makers to formulate sound health, nutrition, and social policies.
For the full report visit: Reports – Brant County Health Unit (bchu.org)