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:
Stage 1: Decreasing Household Food Insecurity
Stage 2: Increasing Community Food Security through Capacity, Skills, and Engagement
- Community gardens, community kitchens
- Good food box programs, bulk buying clubs, buy local events
- Local food networks
- Seedy saturday events
- Imagine Grants
Stage 3: Increasing Community Food Security through Policy and Systems Change
Community Food Action Initiative
The Community Food Action Initiative is a health promotion initiative whose purpose is to increase community food security for all British Columbians.