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Hard to Stomach: Food Insecurity and Inequitable Access to Nutritious Food in Vancouver

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Food insecurity is a problem in Vancouver, BC. Through analysis of the systemic causes and negative correlates of food insecurity, this study examines effective ways to mitigate food insecurity in Vancouver by enabling consistent access to sufficient, nutritious food. Assessments of the economics of food insecurity and multi-level governmental positions on the issue provide a theoretical and practical basis for the research. A literature review and four in-depth stakeholder interviews identify gaps in the market-based and charity food systems. A study of initiatives undertaken in other jurisdictions contribute to the analysis by identifying potential policy options Vancouver could employ. The study proposes the adoption of a multi-program, community-based model to replace the traditional food bank structure. This option can be implemented in partnership with existing food banks or other pre-established community entities.
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