One in seven face “food insecurity”


Grocery shoppers are well aware that food prices have seen a marked increase since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now a new report from the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) paints a stark picture of how those increases are impacting low-income earners in this region.

“Food insecurity is a serious public health problem,” the health unit states in its report on food affordability.

The RCDHU monitors food affordability on an annual basis, but had to pause those efforts due to the pandemic.

As it shifts its focus from a health protection back to a health promotion approach, the health unit has once again made that monitoring a priority.

The health unit points out in its report that food prices in Ontario have risen 16.5 percent since 2019, and says one of seven households here in Renfrew County are experiencing “food insecurity” as a result…

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