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Food Security

Community Food Security has been determined to exist when "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" (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, adopted by Canada at the 1996 World Food Summit).

Household Food Insecurity is 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. Household food insecurity is linked with the household’s financial ability to access adequate food. 

  • Public health dietitians use data to further public understanding of food security, allowing greater engagement within the community and potential to address the issues of household food insecurity in the health region. An example of data critical to food security work can be found from PROOF.
  • PROOF is an inter-disciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada. Visit PROOF: Food Insecurity Policy research at

To learn more about food security initiatives in the Winnipeg Health Region and across the province visit Food Matters Manitoba