Food security is essential to support health and well-being. The goals of food security are to increase phsyical, social, and economic access to nutritious, safe, personally acceptable food with a focus on increasing availability of healthy food produced in a sustainable manner.
We also talk about household food insecurity, which is when a household worries about or lacks the financial means to buy healthy, safe, personally acceptable food.
Addressing food security is complex and requires collaboration and commitment across sectors to ensure programs and policies support access to, and availability of, healthy, sustainable food.
Improving food security requires intersectoral action and collaboration.
The Population & Public Health program facilitates provincial coordination of stakeholders from various government ministries, all health authorities, and non-governmental and community organizations to increase intersectoral collaboration and to inform food security initiatives across the province.
Food security requires various approaches.
In light of emerging research, PPH recognizes the need to distinguish between community food security and household food insecurity. PPH supports the broad systems approach of community food security and its emphasis on sustainable food systems and local community collaboration and capacity building. PPH also supports food insecurity at the household level, which focuses more on the ability to afford healthy food.
The BC Food Security Gateway (the Gateway) is an online resource that provides BC communities with up-to-date food security information.
The Gateway is meant to inform and link you to projects, initiatives, and organizations in British Columbia as well as publications, tools, guides, and news – so that you, too, can contribute to building food security in BC
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) manages the Gateway in partnership with the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC).