Safe, secure, and reliable food
A community is “food secure” when everyone obtains a safe, personally acceptable, nutritious diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes self-reliance and social justice. (Adapted from Hamm and Bellows, 2003)
Increasing community food security and decreasing household food insecurity is complex, and requires collaboration and commitment across sectors to support access and availability of healthy sustainable food. Population Health Dietitians work towards both increased community food security and developing sustainable food systems through local community collaboration and capacity building.
Food Security can be addressed through a continuum:
Food Security can be addressed through a continuum: stage 1 strategies are immediate and short-term interventions, whereas stage 3 are systems redesign strategies that seek to provide upstream solutions to increase community food security and decrease household food insecurity.
- Guidelines/tips for eating on a budget
- Guidelines for healthier food choices in food banks, food hamper programs
- Advocating for policy change: Municipal Election Engagement Toolkit for Food Security Advocates
- Food insecurity surveillance: (Food Costing in BC 2017 report, First Call’s 2015 BC Child Poverty Report Card)
- Poverty reduction strategies
- Social housing initiatives
- Universal school meal programs
- Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit – Food Systems Section
- Provincial and Regional Food Networks (BC Food Systems Network)
- Municipal Official Community Plans and Sustainability Plans