Society needs to shift from treating the growing number of hungry as charity cases needing a handout, to ensuring everyone has a basic income that allows them to feed themselves.

That was a key message of Food Fight, a York Region Food Network seminar aimed at taking a bite out of food security issues at the Newmarket Community Centre June 20.

“What we’re doing now is not changing people’s lives or helping people. We’re still living with high levels of poverty and food insecurity and that’s bad for all of us,” executive director Joan Stonehocker said.

“All of us need to demand from our politicians that we change the way that we are doing things so we don’t have people who don’t have enough to eat.”