Household Food Insecurity
Area of Focus: Living
Households with Food insecurity (Moderate/Severe), Peel and Ontario, 2007/2008 - 2013/2014
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, 2007/2008, 2009/2010, 2011/2012, 2013/2014, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Why is this important?
- "Food security" means having safe, healthy food every day.
- Not having enough good food can lead to physical and mental health problems.1
How is this measured?
- Use the Canadian Community Health Survey to tell us what percent of Peel residents has Moderate or Severe problems with food security.
- "Moderate" describes homes with poor quality and quantity of food.
- "Severe" describes homes with serious food shortages and missed meals.
What progress are we making?
- Almost 1 out of 10 households in Peel has food security problems in 2013/2014.
- This rate is similar to other households in Ontario.
- Food security affects low-income households more, especially those who rely on government benefits.2
- Food security was one of five key actions within the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy, 2012–2015 Action Plan, which is currently under renewal.
- The Region of Peel is looking at other ways to measure and improve access to safe, healthy, local food.
1 Vozoris, N.T. and Tarasuk, V.S. 2003. "Household food insufficiency is associated with poorer health." Journal of Nutrition. 120-126.
2 Food insecurity in Canada. Statistics Canada, 2015, Catalogue no. 82-624-X.