Food Security Survey in Old East Village

Recently we finished a survey in the Old East Village (OEV) of London, Ontario.  One of the major reasons for this survey was that the OEV is located in a food desert, and we wanted to know what effects the food desert may be having on residents of this area.  The survey was administered to members of the OEV community association as well as through locations on the street.

The results of the survey show that the distances that are created between residents and supermarkets that create the food desert are having an affect on resident's ability to access food.

Also, as noticed by median family incomes mapped to postal codes for the City of London, the OEV is situated in a low-income region.  With low income and generally higher costs of fresh produce because of the lack of access to a supermarket, residents may not be receiving appropriate nutrition.

23% of the residents we surveyed do not get the majority of their meals from the grocery store.

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28% of residents think they do not get enough food to eat.

In your opinion, do you think you get enough to eat and have a balanced diet?

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Of those who feel they do not get enough to eat, 43% attribute this to a lack of finances (low income), and 27% attribute this to factors that cause food deserts.

If not, what do you think your biggest barrier to a balanced diet is?

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