Food insecurity is the inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so. According to the Temiskaming Health Unit, 1 in 10 families struggle to put food on the table. This is due to barriers to food access as the Temiskaming region faces harsh winters and long driving distances which can lead to extended periods where households are unable to visit grocery stores or food banks.
Due to the geographical locations, the food supply chain is lengthier for rural communities, resulting in periodic and irregular shipments, raised food prices among communities that, on average, have lower income levels, and stocks of nutritionally depleted food products. Not only does this result in deficient nutrition among households, but those facing food insecurity have poor self-perceived general health, high stress, low life satisfaction, and a very weak sense of community belonging.