Food for Thought

Food Security

In 2011, a report released by The Recession Relief Coalition argued the number of malnourished and chronically hungry Canadians was growing at an alarming rate. The coalition found that affordable housing, access and purchasing power for nutritional foods and looking at mental health issues should all be taken in consideration when trying to pinpoint the root cause of hunger in Canada.

Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada

Resetting the Table – A People’s Food Policy for Canada (1.6 MB pdf)

“What Olivier de Schutter’s report has made clear ahead of 2015, and the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals, is that we can no longer look at issues like the right to food, or poverty and inequality, as something that we just need to tackle in Niger or Pakistan or Haiti. We need to address it here in Canada too.  The North-South dichotomy has collapsed. Food insecurity is a global phenomenon that requires a national and global response.”

Julia Sanchez, President and CEO, Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Ottawa.

foodinsecurity2011-infographicFood Insecurity In Canada – 2011 report

Household food insecurity, inadequate or insecure access to food because of financial constraints, is a significant social and public health problem in Canada. In 2011, 1.6 million Canadian households, or slightly more than 12%, experienced some level of food insecurity.

This amounts to nearly one in eight households, and 3.9 million individuals in Canada, including 1.1 million children. There were 450,000 more Canadians living in households affected by food insecurity in 2011 than in 2008.

PROOF is an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers who are committed to the reduction of household food insecurity, which is the inadequate or insecure access to adequate food due to financial constraints.

foodsecuritylogoWhat are Albertans doing to combat hunger? Check out the Growing Food Security in Alberta website.

GFSA Mission – Working with the Board of Alberta Food Matters the GFSA network engages Albertans – groups, organizations, business, governments and individuals – in strategies to ensure secure access to adequate amounts of safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate food for everyone, produced in an environmentally sustainable way and provided in a manner that promotes human dignity (adapted from OPHA Food Security Workgroup 2002).

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Primer for Non-profit Corporations

This PDF document was commissioned by from the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy as part of Industry Canada’s consultation work on reforming the Canada Corporations Act. It provides a variety of useful information for NPO’s..$FILE/Primer_en.pdf

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