BBD – Food Security
About Food Insecurity
It is time for a new approach to addressing food insecurity. By the time the global pandemic began, there were already more food insecure people in Canada than ever before – 4.4 million, or nearly 13% of all households.[i] In Peterborough, 14.5% (about 1 in 7) of households are food insecure and, in 2011-14, half of all female lone-parent families lived with food insecurity.[ii] Local research found already-marginalized local residents, such as those identifying as low-income, lone mothers, youth, and LGBTQ+ people, experienced increased challenges around accessing food during the first wave of the pandemic.[iii] However, most people in Canada who experience food insecurity do not seek support from food banks.[iv] It is becoming increasingly apparent that we need more effective and enduring solutions that include adequate incomes, universal affordable childcare, and affordable housing.
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[i] Tarasuk, V. & Mitchell, A. (2020). “Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2017-2018.” PROOF Food Insecurity Policy Research. 2020. https://proof.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Household-Food-Insecurity-in-Canada-2017-2018-Full-Reportpdf.pdf
[ii] Peterborough Public Health. (2018). Food Insecurity in Peterborough. https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-Food-Insecurity-Infographic.pdf
[iii]Martin, M.A., Classens, M., & Agyemang, A. (2021). From Crisis to Continuity: A community response to local food systems challenges in, and beyond the days of COVID-19. https://www.trentu.ca/agriculture/sites/trentu.ca.agriculture/files/documents/Community%20Report_web.pdf
[iv] Men, F. & Tarasuk, V. (2021). Food Insecurity amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Food Charity, Government Assistance, and Employment, Canadian Public Policy, 47(2), 202-230.
BBD – Food Security in the Sustainable Development Goals
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