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PROOF – Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity

PROOF is an interdisciplinary research project that investigates food insecurity in Canada. The project examines the material conditions that determine food insecurity at a household level, costs to the healthcare system and policy interventions to address inadequate income as a source of food insecurity. PROOF has published reports on a basic income guarantee to address food insecurity, as well as several documents on research indicators of food insecurity. The team has developed fact sheets to explore the process of monitoring food insecurity, its impact on children and overall health, its relationship to food access and public policy, and its intersection with social assistance. Digital versions of previous presentations and webinars offered by PROOF are available, as well as links to external research publications.

There is a symbiotic relationship between food insecurity and adequate income: food insecurity is a lens through which to advocate for basic income guarantee, and a basic income guarantee will, in turn, facilitate action on reducing food insecurity in Canada.

Use this resource to:

  • facilitate discussion about the difference between food access and food insecurity;
  • explore policy options to address food insecurity; and
  • advocate for a basic income guarantee.

Related resources:

  • Public Health Speaks: Upstream action on food insecurity
  • Upstream action on food insecurity: a curated list
  • Learning from practice: advocacy for health equity – food security


PROOF. PROOF – Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity [Internet]. Toronto (ON): University of Toronto; 2017 [cited 2017 Sept 19]. Available from:

Tags: Assess and report, Food security, Healthy public policy, Income inequality, Policy analysis, Socioeconomic status , Community Organization, Link

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