Food Security Action Committee

The CAPRA Food Security Action Committee is committed to advocating for access to quality, affordable food for people experiencing poverty in Central Alberta as access to affordable, nutritious food plays an important part in achieving health and wellness.
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FAQ

What is Food Security?

  • When all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. (1)
  • A situation in which all community residents can obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes self-reliance and social justice. (2)

What is Food Insecurity?

  • The inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so. (3)

Why is Food Security important for poverty reduction?

  • It can be hard to concentrate and make choices about other things when one is hungry. It can affect education, job security, health, mental well-being and financial security.
  • People experiencing poverty often have to make choices between paying rent or buying food. Having affordable food enables them to use money for other areas.
  • If you can’t afford healthy food it limits options then you opt for choices that are often less nutritious. This affects people’s health, and ability to learn and function.

Current Activities

  • Mapping food support options in Central Alberta.
  • Providing learning tools and information on local initiatives and programs addressing food insecurity.
  • Advocating to all levels of government to develop strategies to make affordable, quality food available.

Important Links and Resources

Join our Committee!

The Food Security Action Committee meets monthly and is always looking for interested people to join our group. If you are interested in joining or are looking for more information, please email info(at)capovertyreduction.ca

References:

  1. Trade, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Health: Glossary of globalization, trade and health terms [Internet]. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2015 [cited 2015 Dec 30]. Available from: http://www.who.int/trade/glossary/story028/en/
  2. Hamm, M, Bellows, A (2003). Community Food Security: Background and Future Directions. J Nutr Educ Behav 35(1): 37-43
  3. Davis B, Tarasuk V (1994). Hunger in Canada. Agriculture and Human Values 11(4):50-57.

Join our Committee!

The Food Security Action Committee meets monthly and is always looking for interested people to join our group.
If you are interested in joining or are looking for more information, please contact us through our online form.