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Household Food Insecurity Network

The Household Food Insecurity Network (HFIN) provides support to Dietitians of Canada (DC) members who are involved in household food insecurity (HFI) and poverty reduction work by facilitating access to practice tools and resources, professional education and networking opportunities. We also support DC advocacy work, as HFI is identified as a priority issue.

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, exposing new vulnerabilities and putting some at risk of food insecurity who were not previously in need of food or financial aid. Every estimate shows HFI worsening before it improves, potentially doubling in Canada by the end of 2020. This season has also made us painfully aware of our needs for connection and safety. As part of HFIN we hope to facilitate the ongoing collaboration necessary for this vital work.

Read the Terms of Reference

Who should join this network? 
HFIN has information and activities that will strengthen competencies in all areas of dietetic practice - public health, clinical, community, private practice, business, education and food service. Creating an HFI lens in all our professional settings will strengthen outcomes in multiple sectors.

Benefits of membership
  • Informative webinars and facilitated discussions on topics relevant to HFI, health equity, poverty reduction and dietetic practice 
  • A network of colleagues sharing resources, research, questions and professional development opportunities 
  • Access to past webinars and other activities on current topics, trends and RD experiences

Activities and Achievements:
  • Hot off the Press - a compilation of resource links pertaining to household food insecurity (4-6 per year)
  • HFIN sponsors a workshop at the Dietitians of Canada annual conference - in 2020, it was the very timely topic of dietetics as a vehicle for social justice
  • Liaising with DC staff activities related to HFI

Additional Reading:
Prevalence, Severity and Impact of Household Food Insecurity: A Serious Public Health Issue 

Find more documents in the Resource Library (search food insecurity)

Leadership Team
Co-Chairs: Irena Forbes & Karen Giesbrecht 
Past Chair: Delone Abercrombie
Communications Coordinator: Nancy Saunders
Regional Reps:                              

  • BC: Lillian Yin
  • AB: Suzanne Galesloot
  • Yukon, NU, NT: (vacant)
  • SK, MB, NW ON: Shelby Rowein
  • Central and Southern ON: Lindsay Goodridge
  • QC, NE and Eastern ON: Marlène Goulet 
  • Atlantic: Madeleine Waddington, Laura Bellussi, Melody Swan
  • Student Voice: Katharine Yu

Cost: $35 for full members; $15 for students

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