Many Middlesex-London residents do not have enough money to afford basic needs, including housing and food.3
A single person receiving Ontario Works doesn’t receive enough money to pay for rent and food, not to mention paying for any other costs.
All Middlesex-London residents should have access to a nutritious, adequate and culturally acceptable diet. Income solutions are needed, like a living wage and social assistance rates that meet basic needs.
Spread the word
- Talk about the issue with family and friends.
- Share the message on social media.
- It is important to advocate for income solutions to household food insecurity.
- Advocate for living wage and increased social assistance.
- Call, write, or meet with your local MP or MPP to express your concerns about household food insecurity in your community.
Be active in elections
- Get involved during elections, your vote matters!
Nutritious Food Basket
Each year, the Middlesex-London Health Unit surveys the price of 61 food items from 10 to 12 local grocery stores. This survey is called the Ontario Nutritious Food Basket (ONFB). The ONFB is used to see how affordable food is by comparing the cost of the food basket and housing to various individual and family income scenarios.
In 2023, households with low incomes spend up to 47% of their after-tax income on food, whereas, households who have adequate incomes (e.g., family of 4 median income) need to spend approximately 12% of their after-tax income.3
2023 Survey Results