One in Eight Kingston Households Experience Food Insecurity

One in eight or about 13 percent of households in the Kingston area experience food insecurity. As a result, the board of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health adopted a motion to include the Household Food Security Survey Module (HFSSM) in the Canadian Community Health Survey. The city will measure food security in order to address the issues in the community. 

The board also recognized that food insecurity most commonly affects black, indigenous and low-income folks and that prolonged food insecurity is linked to poorer physical and mental health. 

At the Toronto Board of Health meeting in October 2019, city council passed the motion to adopt a “food lens” in all city divisions. This motion will encourage all city divisions to incorporate food programs and awareness. To see how each city division interacts with food see the below graphic or look at Figure 2 on page 8 of the Toronto Food Strategy 2018 Annual Report (Click here).

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