Food Security

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.

Stage 1: Efficiency strategies: short-term relief for households experiencing food insecurity
  • Guidelines/tips for eating on a budget
  • Guidelines for healthier food choices in food banks, food hamper programs
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Stage 2: Increasing community food security through capacity, skills, and engagement
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Stage 3: Increasing community food security and decreasing household food insecurity through policy and systems change
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