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Webinar – 2019 Nutritious Food Basket and Food Insecurity in Ottawa
November 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Did you know an estimated 9.5% of Ottawa households experience moderate or severe food insecurity?
What does this mean? Take a look at the following scenario:
Dylan is a former construction manager who had to leave his position after an accident left him physically disabled. Unable to currently find work, Dylan relies on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) as his main source of income. Dylan realized that he could no longer afford to eat the same amount of nutritious food as he could before his accident. If Dylan were to pay for his rent and nutritious food each month, he would be left with a negative balance of $119 in his bank account. Dylan would be unable to afford other important things such as transportation, physiotherapy appointments and medications.
Dylan wonders how he will be able to maintain his health in the long term.”
What Dylan is experiencing is called food insecurity. This is when an individual or household cannot:
- Afford balanced meals
- Goes hungry by eating less or skipping meals (sometimes not eating for an entire day)
- Does not have access to variety or quantity of food that they need due to lack of money
Food insecurity is a serious public health issue. Hunger leaves a permanent mark on children’s physical and mental health and puts adults at a higher risk of suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Each year Ottawa Public Health conducts the Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) survey. The survey measures the cost of basic healthy eating and is used to monitor the affordability and accessibility of healthy foods in our city. OPH examines various income scenarios (i.e. household income from social assistance or minimum wage work) along with local rental prices to assess how much money is left to cover the cost of a nutritious diet.
Join the Healthy Eating Active Living Team (HEAL) for a webinar on November 27th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm to be the first to know the results of the 2019 NFB survey.
Click here to register.