Since 2001, the Growing Food Security in Alberta (GFSA) network has supported many projects and initiatives across Alberta focusing on food security and food sovereignty using an asset based community development approach. Hundreds of groups and individuals are now part of the Network, all seeking to connect and work together to achieve food sovereignty and food security in Alberta and understand the real value of real food.
Alberta Food Matters (AFM), through urging from the GFSA network members, is now registered as an independent non-profit. AFM operates the GFSA network and continues to support the valuable work throughout the province.
The national nutritious food basket is a survey tool used by various levels of government and other stakeholders to monitor the cost and affordability of healthy eating. The food basket includes approximately 60 nutritious foods and their quantities for individuals in various age and sex groups. Statistics Canada collects food prices for the Market Basket Measure. Provincial and regional stakeholders collect food prices for their costing activities.
Food Secure Canada
It took 3,500 people almost three years to come up with A People's Food Policy for Canada (4.1 MB pdf, 2nd Edition, 2015). This grassroots response to the crises in our food systems – millions hungry, millions obese, declining numbers of farmers and fishers – offers a menu of workable policies that can put us on the right path.
Beyond Hunger exposes the realities of what it’s like to live with food insecurity in this country.
From poor physical and mental health to the toll on relationships, it’s a gut-wrenching window into how a lack of access to healthy food impacts a person’s whole life.
The report, which surveyed 561 people across the country, includes dramatic first-hand accounts of living with food insecurity. Individuals share how they cope—from not celebrating holidays, to skipping medications because there’s no food to take with them, to isolating to hide the issue from friends and family.
It also suggests key policy recommendations that can change lives.