Food Security 101

Food Security is a serious crisis we’re facing right here in Canada and the States.

What is food security?

Food Security is the idea that everyone, all humans, deserve the food they need to live well. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization defines food security as the following: “a condition in which all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”

As emphasized above, food security is not simply about having enough food, it’s about having enough of the right foods.

Right now, millions of people, from all walks of life are struggling with food insecurity. This can mean a range of things, including:

• Food simply isn’t available: food banks running out of food

• Food isn’t accessible: can’t afford food or can’t get to the store

• Food that is available isn’t adequate: food isn’t nutritious, safe or healthy

• Food isn’t culturally acceptable: foods a family would eat aren’t available

Because of Covid-19, the food insecurity facing Canadians and Americans is rising and fast. Food banks are running out of money and food. Ironically, our ‘essential’ workers in the food and service industry are financially struggling to even afford food while being at-risk for getting Covid. And of course, this disproportionately affects black, indigenous and other people of color as a result of structural racism.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

Since this is an active crisis, the best immediate action is to support a food bank with a financial donation. Here’s how you can help.