While not an exhaustive list, we’ve put together some resources for learning about food security, raising awareness of the issues, and acting for change.
Make Food Matter Toolkit
To create the conditions for healthy, just and sustainable food systems in NS, we need to move the knowledge gained from research to action. With this in mind FoodARC has gathered a range of tools that we have found to work well in supporting action on community food security. We hope it will support you and your organization, wherever you are at in your efforts.
- Visit the website: makefoodmatter.ca
Nourishing Nova Scotia: A Graphic Story
Three Carleton University design students worked with the ACT for CFS Policy Working Group to create a graphic story as a way to communicate food security issues. This was part of a university course project, based on research results. Click
- Read the story: www.foodarc.ca/nourishing-ns/
Thought About Food?
A Workbook on Food Security & Influencing Policy
This workbook was developed as part of a series of research projects on food security. As well as using research and experiences drawn from the Nova Scotia Food Security Projects, it incorporates ideas, insights and advice from people involved in food security issues and actions across Canada.
Thought About Food? is intended to provide tools and information to inspire communities to come together and act to make food security a reality for everyone. The next section Research Questions Behind this Workbook provides an overview of the background, activities and findings related to the research questions guiding this work.
- Visit the website: foodthoughtful.ca
Food Security: It’s Everyone’s Business (DVD)
The DVD Food Security: It’s Everyone’s Business was designed to complement the Thought About Food? workbook, but also to be used as a stand-alone resource. The first section of the DVD provides background on the issue of food security. Subsequent sections are consistent with the format of the Workbook, incorporating success stories and insights from experts and advocates in children’s health, social development, environmental health, and agriculture. A separate 10-minute clip was added on the making of the DVD and the history of the Participatory Food Security Projects in Nova Scotia. Visit
- For more information visit: foodthoughtful.ca
Healthy Eating Nova Scotia (HENS)
This is a provincial strategy which outlines four priority areas: breastfeeding, children and youth, fruit and vegetable consumption, and food security.
- Visit the website: Government of Nova Scotia: Health Eating Nova Scotia Strategy
Dartmouth Food Security Resources
This document was compiled by the Dartmouth Community Network in the Winter of 2012 and outlines food resources in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. It includes organizations and initiatives from across the food security continuum.
- View: Dartmouth Food Security
The Edible School Yard (DVD)
The Edible Schoolyard a 20-minute dvd, commissioned and produced by Slow Food Nova Scotia, in cooperation with Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School and the Hants Shore Community Health Centre, about the school garden in Summerville, Hants County, NS and how it has inspired teachers, students and parents to think about food, where it comes from and how food choices influence health and well-being. Available at public libraries in Nova Scotia or for $10 + postage from Slow Food Nova Scotia, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org Blair House, 32 Main St Kentville NS B4N 1J5.
Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada
Canada urgently needs a national food policy. Close to two and a half million Canadians are food insecure. Farmers and fishers are going out of business, our natural environment is being pushed to the limit, a quarter of Canadians are considered obese, and we are the only G8 country without a nationally-funded school meal program. The status quo is no longer an option.
The need for change is widely recognized and plans to develop national food policies or strategies are being advanced by many sectors, including all five federal political parties and influential industry groups. The People’s Food Policy is significantly different from these initiatives. It is the first-ever national food policy to be developed by the food movement itself – a diverse and dynamic network of organizations and individuals working to build a healthy, ecological and just food system for Canada.
The People’s Food Policy embodies a wave of concern, interest and action by citizens who are increasingly questioning how our current food system is organized. From connecting directly with food producers, to reclaiming indigenous food systems, to setting up food policy councils, people across Canada are taking actions daily that are transforming our food system from the ground up. These actions need to be translated into policy.
- Visit the website: Food Secure Canada – Resetting the Table
The Right to Food in Canada
Making the link between Canada’s current obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food for all – and the need for the People’s Food Policy – is a powerful message to bring to our elected officials and the media across the country.
- Visit the website: Food Secure Canada – The Right to Food in Canada
Household Food Insecurity in Canada
In 2007-2008, the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collected national data on household food insecurity, specifically focusing on the financial ability of households to access adequate food. The food insecurity questions resulted in an overall household measure of food insecurity, as well as separate adult and child measures.
- Visit the website: Statistics Canada – Household food insecurity, 2007–2008: Canadian Community Health Survey
- View the 2011 report: Household Food Insecurity in Canada 2011
Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada’s children. They continuously work to increase public awareness of the levels and consequences of child/family poverty by publishing research on the indicators of child poverty and developing public education resources.
- Visit the website: Campaign 2000
Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program
The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is a community-based program delivered through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
For more than ten years, CPNP has helped communities to promote public health and provide support to improve the health and well being of pregnant women, new mothers and babies facing challenging life circumstances.
- Visit the website: Public Health Agency of Canada – Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)
Community Action Program for Children
The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) is a community-based children’s program delivered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). It was established in 1993 and is jointly managed with the provinces and territories.
For more than 15 years, CAPC has provided long term funding to community groups and coalitions across Canada to develop programs that promote the healthy development of young children (0-six years). Through CAPC, supports and activities are made available to children and their families facing challenging life circumstances.
Guide for Beginning Farmers in Nova Scotia
This Guide for Beginning Farmers in Nova Scotia was written by the Nova Scotia government in response to requests for information from beginning farmers. It is primarily intended for those who have little or no background in agriculture but are interested in starting a farm. It is also useful to those who have farming experience but are unfamiliar with Nova Scotia’s current market for agricultural products and regulatory requirements.
- Visit the guide: THINK – Guide for Beginning Farmers in Nova Scotia, Second Edition (PDF, 6.6 MB | 46 pages)
Feed Nova Scotia
FEED NOVA SCOTIA is a charitable organization that helps feed hungry people by collecting and distributing food to more than 150 member agency food banks and meal programs, while at the same time striving to eliminate chronic hunger and poverty through research, awareness and support programs. Visit the website for more information.
- Visit the website: www.feednovascotia.ca
Produced and recorded in the studios of Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, British Columbia, Deconstructing Dinner was created to address current food issues. The program assists listeners in making more educated choices when purchasing food either for the kitchen or at restaurants.
- Visit the website: Deconstructing Dinner – About the Show
FoodShare Toronto is a non-profit community organization whose vision is Good Healthy Food for All. Founded in 1985 to address hunger in Toronto communities, FoodShare takes a unique multifaceted and long-term approach to hunger and food issues. They work to empower individuals, families and communities through food-based initiatives, while advocating for the broader public policies needed to ensure that everyone has adequate access to sustainably produced, good healthy food.
- Visit the website: FoodShare Toronto
J.B. MacKinnon Novels
Independent journalist and author whose works include The 100-Mile Diet, a bestseller that helped catalyze the local foods movement. Visit the author’s website for more information and access to the novels.
- Visit the website: jbmackinnon.com
PEI Healthy Eating Alliance
The PEI Healthy Eating Alliance website provides reliable nutrition information, healthy eating tips, helpful tools, progress reports, fun games, and more.
- Visit the website: www.healthyeatingpei.ca