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Addressing Food Insecurity and Enhancing Community Health: A Comprehensive Approach by Community Food Centres Canada

  • Authors:
  • Shang Yu Gong,
  • Hamid Golhasany

Physical Health

Social Productivity

Systemic Inequalities


Economic Disparities

Mental Health

Food Insecurity


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CFCC. (2020). Beyond Hunger: the Hidden IMpacts of Food Insecurity in Canada. https://icanforkids.ca/wp-content/uploads/Beyond-Hunger.pdf

Liu, Y., & Eicher-Miller, H. A. (2021). Food Insecurity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Curr Atheroscler Rep, 23(6), 24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11883-021-00923-6

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Cite This Community Knowledge Publication

Yu Gong, S., Golhasany, H. (2023). Addressing Food Insecurity and Enhancing Community Health: A Comprehensive Approach by Community Food Centres Canada. ScienceReach. Retrieved from https://sciencereach.ca/community-publications/42vspp03r6LtzR4q0JHpeK

About The Organization

Community Food Centres Canada is dedicated to combating food insecurity, a challenge experienced by millions of Canadians that has far-reaching negative impacts on health, relationships, employment prospects, and societal engagement. Their mission revolves around several key pillars: building inclusive and culturally responsive Community Food Centres that foster a sense of belonging, facilitating knowledge sharing within a growing community, innovating through health-focused programs to enhance overall well-being, and advocating for meaningful and equitable income policies. These efforts have yielded impressive results, with 9 out of 10 people feeling a sense of community belonging, a remarkable 300% growth in their Good Food Organization movement, 9 out of 10 people gaining confidence in food preparation, and 3,000 Canadians advocating for progressive policy changes through their Beyond Hunger campaign. Community Food Centres Canada's work not only addresses immediate food insecurity but also promotes social inclusion, empowerment, and well-being in Canadian communities. They create spaces where individuals find support, build connections, and rediscover the positive aspects of life, ultimately striving to transform the landscape of food insecurity and improve the lives of those they serve.

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