The cost of healthy eating for a family of four in the Nipissing District is $936/month. After food and housing costs, there may not be enough money left for all the costs of living such as heat, hydro, telephone, child care, transportation, hygiene costs, clothing, out-of-pocket health costs and other basic expenses.
Social assistance rates are not adequate and need to be raised, indexed to inflation and reflective of the costs of living in the Nipissing District. Those working for minimum wage are also at great risk for being food insecure, as data shows that about 60% of food insecure households have income from employment.
The Nipissing and Area Food Roundtable has created a letter template that can be used to bring this issue to the attention of our local decision makers. The letter calls for increased incomes to reduce food insecurity in our community, to ensure dignified and secure access to food. Feel free to add your own lived experience and/or additional comments to the letter.
Contact your local MPP:
Victor Fedeli, MPP Nipissing
Room 347, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A8
John Vanthof, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane (West Nipissing)
Rm. 156, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A5