The Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing
Minister responsible for the Ontario Food Security Strategy
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is encouraged that the government has embarked on a food security strategy for Ontario. With 8.2% of the province’s population experiencing food insecurity, and 335,944 accessing food banks in March 2016, action on this front is urgent. CFCC is eager to contribute to a comprehensive plan that will ensure our community members have the means, skills and access to healthy nutritious food 365 days a year.
Community Food Centres see the consequences of food insecurity play out every day when community members arrive for meals and participate in our healthy food skill building programs. We see the positive impact our programming has on their lives, and we know that more programming and more Community Food Centres could bring the same good results to more Ontarians. But as much as we encourage further investments in these areas, the evidence also points to the need for meaningful income support investments that work alongside community based food solutions.