Access to nutritious, safe, acceptable, and culturally-appropriate foods
"Community food security exists when all citizens obtain a safe, personally acceptable, nutritious diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes healthy choices, community self reliance and equal access for everyone" - Bellows and Hamm, 2003.
The Food Security and Community Nutrition Program aims to promote the growth of healthy and sustainable food systems where the healthy choice is always the easiest choice.
The Public Health Dietitian(s) support numerous community based food security initiatives throughout the Interior Health region. A community capacity building approach is used to ensure that communities have the knowledge and skills to move food security initiatives forward on their own behalf.
Community Food Action Initiative
The Community Food Action Initiative (CFAI), aims to build capacity in Interior communities to address food security. It is a collaborative effort between local communities, Interior Health’s Public Health Dietitian(s), and the Ministry of Health.
Everyone deserves to have access to food that is nutritious and safe in order to achieve good health, productivity, and a sense of well-being. Interior Health, through the CFAI (2013-2014), provided a total of $75,000 to help build food security in the following areas: Canoe/Dog Creek, Kamloops, Nelson, Cranbrook/Kimberley, Cranbrook, and Boundary. The initiative is part of a province-wide strategy to increase community food security and encourage British Columbians to make healthy food choices.
Goals of the Community Food Action Initiative:
Increase awareness about food security.
Increase access to local healthy food.
Increase food knowledge & skills.
Increase community capacity to address local food security.
Increase development & use of policy that supports community food security
Local food initiatives