Food Security
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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.

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

Limited CFAI grant funding is available through Interior Health to address local and regional food security priorities.

Examples of past projects that have received CFAI funding include the development and implementation of food security plans, food policy councils, food forums and community food action projects.

Local food initiatives

Other resources


As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
MoH     PCQO