Household food insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food because of income or finances. It is a serious public health issue in Canada as one in eight Canadian households do not have enough money to buy sufficient nutritious food.
For individuals living in food insecure households, there is greater likelihood of having or developing one or more chronic physical and/or mental health conditions.
Why is food insecurity important to dietitians?
Dietitians recognize that physical and mental health, along with the management of chronic disease, is impacted by food insecurity. Dietitians consider the food security status of their clients when providing advice and support.
Advocacy by dietitians and Dietitians of Canada
All households in Canada must have sufficient income for secure access to nutritious food after paying for other basic necessities. In pre-budget submissions, election campaigns, and ongoing government engagement, DC members and staff advocate for income-based solutions to tackle food insecurity. DC also supports the need for:
- A pan-Canadian, government-led strategy that specifically reduces food insecurity at the household level, including policies that address the unique challenges of Indigenous Peoples.
- Regular monitoring of the prevalence and severity of household food insecurity.
- Research to address gaps in knowledge about household vulnerability to food insecurity and to evaluate the impact of policies developed to eliminate household food insecurity in Canada.
Read DC’s Position Statement on Household Food Insecurity (and the executive summary in French)
What you can do to learn more or get involved
- Join the Household Food Insecurity network for access to practice tools and resources, networking and learning opportunities.
- Visit the Resource Library for documents related to household food insecurity in Canada.
- Advocate for policies that provide stable and sufficient income, and regular monitoring of food insecurity rates across Canada. Learn more about advocacy with our free Advocacy Toolkit.