Health officials in Muskoka are calling on Ontario’s candidates to make food insecurity a major focus.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says food insecurity is a very real issue affecting about 70,000 homes across the Simcoe Muskoka region. Provincially that number is boosted to 1.6 million homes with about half a million children affected. Health officials say the province needs to step up and address the poverty issue affecting many Ontarians.

The Health Unit has been running a campaign No Money for Food is Cent$less with the hopes to bring more attention to the food insecurity problem in the region. You can find more details on that campaign here.