Food insecurity refers to the inadequate or insecure access to food due to lack of money. It affects one in eight Toronto households and is a serious public health issue because it is closely linked to negative health outcomes.

As a monitoring tool, health units in Ontario have used the Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) to measure the minimum cost of eating healthy for a person or family. Toronto Public Health gathers information from grocery stores across the City to track any changes in the cost of healthy foods from year to year. The tool is not considered a budgeting tool. Instead, the figures are best used alongside household incomes and other basic expenses to show different household situations and their ability to meet basic needs.

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