MHLU - Health Status Resource

Food Security

Food Security

Key Findings: 
  • In 2009/10 nearly 8% of the households in Middlesex-London were considered moderately or severely food insecure (Fig. 2.29).
  • The cost of a Nutritious Food Basket in Middlesex-London increased steadily over time from $111.39 per week in 1997 up to $139.38 per week in 2008 (Fig. 2.30).
  • The average weekly cost of a nutritious food basket to feed a family of four in Middlesex-London increased $10.00 from $160.00 per week in 2010 to $170.00 per week in 2011. Weekly costs in Ontario increased $8.00 over the same period of time (data not shown).
  • The average weekly cost of a nutritious food basket increased by about $2.00 for males and $1.80 for females between 2009 and 2011 in Middlesex-London (Fig. 2.31).
How this Indicator was Calculated: 
Ontario Public Health Standard: 

Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol - Section 1, Subsections b-i

Chronic Disease Prevention Standard - Requirement #2

Jargon Explained

Food Security

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

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Nutritious Food Basket

The nutritious food basket provides information about the approximate cost of eating healthy. 

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Peer Group

Statistics Canada used socio-demographic data from the 2006 Census to create "peer groups" of health regions that have similar characteristics. 

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