New Study Findings on the Relationship Between Food Banks and Food Insecurity in Canada

Study findings offer insights on the important role of community-based organizations in supporting individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.  Food insecurity is often one of many issues (i.e., social determinants of health) resulting from low income.  Brock Community Health Centre’s model of care extends beyond clinical services and includes community-based navigation to help people get connected.  Brock CHC’s Community Development-Health Promotion team works with a range of local and area agencies to help remove barriers to access.  It can mean accessing income, housing, social and employment supports locally, and sometimes that includes making the connection to the local food banks.

To view the new PROOF factsheet on the relationship between Food Banks and Food Insecurity in Canada, click here.

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PROOF is an interdisciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada.  The goal of this research program is to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity, which is defined as the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.  PROOF publishes annual reports on household food insecurity, using data from Statistics Canada.  The reports (2011 was the first one) monitor trends, enabling the identification of priorities for interventions to address this major public health issue.  These reports have become critical for furthering public understanding of food insecurity in Canada and the need for policy intervention.