September 8, 2017
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December of 1948, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, without distinction of any kind. Importantly, this freedom and equality includes the right to sufficient food to ensure a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of an individual – and yet, in Canada alone, 4 million people are food insecure.
Food insecurity, as defined by the Household Food Security Module, is lack of access to adequate food due to financial constraint. This could mean a parent skipping meals so that there’s enough food for their children on the table, or a student not eating for a whole day to save money for textbooks. Food insecurity doesn’t look the same for everyone, but if you’ve ever had to worry about not having enough food, or had to rely on low-cost or unhealthy options, there’s a good chance you’ve had a taste of it.