Our quarterly Research Round-up features highlights from recent studies and reports in the realm of food, health, and community belonging.
Findings and recommendations from a healthy food access program in American Pre K-12 schools
A recent report by FoodCorps has recommendations for everyone from school food service staff, funders, policymakers, advocates, and researchers based on the learnings from their healthy food access project in district Pre K-12 schools — the “Making it healthier, Making it Regional” program — aimed serve healthy and nutritious made from scratch meals, avoid preservatives and additives, and support local producers.
Indigenous peoples and food insecurity
PROOF has released a short article on Indigenous peoples and food insecurity in Canada. Indigenous households in Canada are more likely to experience household food insecurity and extreme poverty. There are gaps in available national data on Indigenous household food insecurity since the Canadian Community Health survey was not developed in an Indigenous context and excludes indigenous peoples living on reserve .
Measuring poverty to support action and investment in reduction work
This paper from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues that the difference between purely aspirational poverty reduction strategies and those that bear the political will and investments needed to move the needle on poverty reduction is clear poverty measurements. It includes five recommendations on how to use targets, indicators, and evaluation to drive investment in poverty reduction work and inspire action.
Association between food insecurity and mortality among adults in Ontario, Canada
A study in Ontario found that rates of household food insecurity are strongly related to increased risk of mortality among adults. This finding, along with prior research in other negative health outcomes associated with food insecurity, makes the case for more policy intervention in food security in Canada.