Upcoming webinar on household food insecurity in New Brunswick

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Join us on June 15th at 1pm-2pm (ADT) for our webinar with Food For All NB as part of their “What the Food?!” series.

Dr.Tarasuk will be returning to the series to share an update on the state of household food insecurity in New Brunswick in 2021 and discuss how governments have recently responded to this problem. During this event, attendees will learn more about what’s changed since 2018, what the record inflation means for food insecurity moving forward, and what is needed to protect people from food insecurity.

Simultaneous FR/ENG Interpretation will be available to attendees. This event will be recorded. Registration is required.

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PROOF investigators Dr.Tarasuk and Dr.Emery presented at the very first webinar of Food For All NB’s What the Food?! series in 2020 on the drivers of household food insecurity and the potential for a guaranteed annual income to address household food insecurity in Canada.

Household Food Insecurity & New Brunswick (May 2020)

Newfoundland & Labrador Minimum Wage Review Submission

The Minimum Wage: A Powerful Tool to Reduce Food Insecurity

Food First NL and PROOF have co-authored a submission to the 2022 Newfoundland and Labrador Minimum Wage Review Committee, titled “The Minimum Wage: A Powerful Tool to Reduce Food Insecurity.”.

The submission draws on research demonstrating that increases in minimum wage reduce risk of food insecurity in the provinces and that working adults in countries with higher minimum wage, and collective bargaining are less likely to be food-insecure.

PROOF research featured in inaugural CRDCN research-policy snapshots

Research-policy snapshots

PROOF is a proud member of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) research community. Through the CRDCN, we’ve been able to further examine the relationship between food insecurity and health, and policy interventions to reduce food insecurity.

CRDCN research-policy snapshots are one-page summaries of policy reports and published research to showcase and extend the reach of the work of the research community using Statistics Canada microdata accessible through Research Data Centres. PROOF provided 4 snapshots for the inaugural release of this initiative.

Upcoming Canadian Nutrition Society webinar series

Please join us for a 2-part webinar series on household food insecurity in Canada, hosted by the Canadian Nutrition Society on February 10th and 17th at 1-2pm ET. The two webinars, presented by PROOF investigators Drs. Valerie Tarasuk and Herb Emery, will provide an opportunity to discuss the relationship between household food insecurity and food, nutrition, and health, as well as the implications for policy and practice.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Household Food Insecurity and Public Policy

PROOF, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded interdisciplinary research program studying policy interventions to household food insecurity in Canada, invites applications for two (2) post-doctoral fellowships.

Successful candidates will join a team of accomplished researchers and examine economic predictors of food insecurity in Canada and changes in households’ vulnerability to food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, working with large microdata files accessed through the Statistics Canada Research Data Centres under the supervision of PROOF principal investigator, Dr. Valerie Tarasuk.

New food insecurity data for 2018/2019 from Statistics Canada

As part of the federal Poverty Reduction Strategy, the government identified household food insecurity as a key indicator for its Official Poverty Dashboard. Statistics Canada’s new report, Canadian Income Survey: Food insecurity and unmet health care needs, 2018 and 2019, marks the release of new data on food insecurity — the first from Canadian Income Survey (CIS) — and an important step forward in food insecurity monitoring in Canada.

The inclusion of food insecurity monitoring on the CIS now ensures systematic, annual evaluations of food insecurity. Consistent monitoring was not achieved through the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) because jurisdictions could opt out of measuring food insecurity in some years.

Having consistent monitoring of food insecurity as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy is important for the development of its policy interventions and the evaluation of its impact. We applaud Statistics Canada’s commitment and progress in the annual tracking and reporting of food insecurity.

A decade of proof on how to tackle food insecurity in Canada

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Read our new op-ed in The Hill Times, published on on December 28, 2021.

Every holiday season, Canadians are reminded to donate to their local food banks. The support shown over the 40-year history of food banks in this country is a testament to the compassion we have for each other. But food banks will be the first to tell you that they aren’t the solution for food insecurity.

Food insecurity is a policy decision. It exists because people do not have adequate financial resources to meet basic needs and our current policies fail to ensure that they do. We know this from having over 20 years of Statistics Canada data on food insecurity.

Twenty-seven years ago, the first questions about households’ inability to meet their food needs due to financial constraint appeared on national surveys. Sixteen years ago, Statistics Canada began systematically monitoring household food insecurity. Ten years ago, we formed the research program, PROOF, bringing together researchers from universities across North America to examine this data and identify effective solutions to this problem.

Continue reading at: https://www.hilltimes.com/2021/12/28/a-decade-of-proof-on-how-to-tackle-food-insecurity-in-canada?i=6cc848e2ab3e45de94d9d51ce9e06abe

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A look back at 10 years of PROOF

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PROOF started in 2011 through a CIHR Programmatic Grant to Tackle Health and Health Equity. The grant was awarded to execute a five-year research program to identify viable and effective policy interventions to reduce household food insecurity in Canada, bringing together a group of multidisciplinary and international researchers from the University of Toronto, University of Illinois, University of Calgary, University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University, and CAMH.

The name, PROOF, came from the suggestion of the late Cathleen Kneen, a leader in Canada’s food movement, at an early knowledge translation stakeholder meeting. The idea was that the research coming out of this research program would be the “proof” that would drive policy action on this problem. Since then, PROOF has become the leader in food insecurity research.

Over the past ten years, we have:

Research highlights worsened food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador

Food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador had gotten worse, even before the pandemic. Our new study, published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, compared food insecurity in the province in 2011-2012 and 2017-2018. The provincial government should act swiftly and deliberately with evidence-based solutions to address the increasing food insecurity.

In this study, we analyzed how the odds of being food-insecure in province differed between the two periods. The odds of being food-insecure in 2017-2018 rose by 49% from 2011-2012, meaning that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians became substantially more vulnerable in that time.