The Challenge: Community Food Security

Food insecurity is a hidden crisis within our community. Even during this period of low provincial unemployment, the number of people utilizing Saskatchewan food banks increased by nearly 40 percent from 2008 to 2012, with 47.5 percent of food bank clients being children[1]. With Regina vacancy rates hovering below one percent and rents soaring, our most vulnerable neighbours find themselves with ever decreasing resources to spend on nutritious food for their families[2].

Tragically, research clearly demonstrates that those most at risk for food insecurity include children and youth, older adults, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, and those living in poverty. [3] [4] For example, the Saskatchewan Social Services’ monthly shelter allowance for a family with two children is $300 less than the cost of an average two-bedroom apartment in Regina. This forces many families to cover the shortfall from their basic allowance—an amount of $225 per month per adult intended to cover the cost of food, clothes, transportation, and all other basic necessities[5].

[1] “Hunger Count 2012,” Food Banks Canada, 2012.

[2] “Regina CFA Environmental Scan (Draft),” Regina Community Food Systems Steering Committee, 2013.

[3] “Accessing Healthy Food Choices in Regina,” RQHR and Saskatchewan in Motion, 2012.

[4] “The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan,” Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan Working Group, 2009.

[5] “CFA Environmental Scan (DRAFT),” Community Food Systems Steering Committee, 2013.