PROOF video: How to tackle food insecurity in Canada

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: May 19, 2021

Categories: GoodFoodBites / Videos

PROOF has released an informative video on food insecurity in Canada, providing support for their argument that income-based public policies are needed to address food insecurity. We encourage you to watch it in full:

Details below have been copied from PROOF’s YouTube page:

Food insecurity – the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints – is monitored by Statistics Canada through the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Based on the most recent national estimates from 2017-2018, 4.4 million Canadians, including 1.2 million children, live in food-insecure households.

Food is not the answer to food insecurity. Despite great effort and dedication, food banks are an ineffective response to food insecurity. To solve food insecurity, we need solutions that target its underlying cause: insufficient income.

Let’s channel the care and compassion demonstrated through our donations and volunteering and channel it into moving Canada away from its reliance on food charity and towards tackling this serious public health problem through income-based public policies.

Send a letter to your federal, provincial, or municipal leaders using this template created by the Ontario Dietitians in Public Health:

Transcript and references:
Written and animated by: Natalie Klein, MPH
Supervised and edited by: Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
Video support provided by: Tim Li, MSCom


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.

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