Upstream Action on Food Insecurity: a Curated List

Food insecurity is the inadequate or insufficient access to food due to financial constraints.

It is a concept closely linked to household income – the lower the household income, the higher the risk of food insecurity. As there are physical, mental, and social consequences, food insecurity is not only an indicator of the economic well-being of both adults and children, it is also a direct social determinant of health. 

This list presents tools and resources that facilitate public health practitioners’ action on policy solutions to food insecurity. The resources are organized around the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health’s Public health roles for improving health equity. 2 Additional resources that support or describe action related to the Public health roles for improving health equity are included at the end of each section.

A final section addresses unique issues with northern food insecurity. This curated list points to key resources; it is not intended to be comprehensive.

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