Exploring Poverty Reduction Game Changers with VC Canada Members: Food Security

Submitted by Tamarack on October 19, 2016 - 11:40am
#7 in the VC Game Changer Series

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Help make this innovative approach work! Ideas and suggestions from Cities Reducing Poverty members and broader learners of the Vibrant Communities Canada network are critical to developing a solid foundation in which to identify key levers that have large impacts on poverty reduction. 

Once you have read about the framework and reviewed some of the Game Changers we have drafted, participate in the process by filling in the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZYSR2RP.

Defining a 'Game Changer'

The poverty reduction Game Changer series highlights eight priority areas and strategies, as identified by Vibrant Communities Canada and our Cities Reducing Poverty members, that elicit an array of positive, significant, and cascading outcomes towards reducing poverty.


#7 in the Game Changer Series: Food Security

This Game Changer encompasses affordable, accessible, sufficient, and nutritious food that meets dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

Food security, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations exists “when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” Food forms a key part of our daily lives, both socially and culturally. It has the power to bring people together through traditions and experiences, but can also incite exclusion, for example where people are faced with the need for nutritious food products that they cannot afford. Intimately connected to health, having a nutritionally adequate, balanced diet is foundational for well-being. Beyond individual and community health, our food system and the local food industry play an important role in community economic development, job creation, environmental issues, and in building strong, diverse and resilient communities. 

Recommendations for Best Practices and Policies


  • Nutrition North Canada - Subsidy program to provide Northerners in isolated communities with improved access to perishable nutritious food.



  • Food Secure Canada – Pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals advancing food security through Zero Hunger, healthy & safe food, and sustainable food systems.

Share this Game Changer with your network by downloading it as a PDF here.

Learn More

  • Access Mark Holmgren's presentation slides on the Game Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction
  • Find an Overview of the eight game-changing best practices and policies we are exploring in the poverty reduction network

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