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A critical examination of community-based responses to household food insecurity in Canada.

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Source
Health Educ Behav. 2001 Aug;28(4):487-99
Publication Type
Article
Date
Aug-2001
Author
V. Tarasuk
Author Affiliation
Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. valerie.tarasuk@utoronto.ca
Source
Health Educ Behav. 2001 Aug;28(4):487-99
Date
Aug-2001
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Canada
Charities - organization & administration
Community Health Planning - organization & administration
Consumer Participation
Food Supply
Humans
Hunger
Program Evaluation
Public Health
Abstract
Over the past two decades, household food insecurity has emerged as a significant social problem and serious public health concern in the "First World." In Canada, communities initially responded by establishing ad hoc charitable food assistance programs, but the programs have become institutionalized. In the quest for more appropriate and effective responses, a variety of community development programs have recently been initiated. Some are designed to foster personal empowerment through self-help and mutual support; others promote community-level strategies to strengthen local control over food production. The capacity of current initiatives to improve household food security appears limited by their inability to overcome or alter the poverty that under-pins this problem. This may relate to the continued focus on food-based responses, the ad hoc and community-based nature of the initiatives, and their origins in publicly funded health and social service sectors.
PubMed ID
11465158 View in PubMed
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