The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s May 2017 survey of food and rent costs revealed some slight improvements in the amount of money available to cover these expenses for families living on minimum wage or Ontario Works, with these improvements primarily being a result of an increase in Canada Child Benefit payments to families with children.

“It’s a step in the right direction, although it’s still not enough,” said Jane Shrestha, public health nutritionist at the health unit. “The impact of the increase in child benefits shows that poverty is at the root of hunger, and that there are simple policy changes that will work.

“It takes more than food to solve hunger,” she added.