The Food First Program is a partnership between the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and Brock University. Food First supports Brock students impacted by food insecurity. The program provides students in need with a local grocery store gift card, as well as connections to community resources and other programming related to food security.
What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity is the inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so. Household food insecurity is often linked with the household’s financial ability to access adequate food.
Health Canada plays a leading role in monitoring key food and nutrition indicators, including household food insecurity. Household food insecurity is a key predictor of unhealthy eating and an important determinant of health.
Source: Health Canada
Facts about food insecurity among post-secondary students
In Canada, the cost of food continues to increase quicker than the general inflation rate.
30.7% of students experienced moderate food insecurity, while another 8.3% experienced severe food insecurity.
Nearly 2 in 5 students surveyed experience some form of food insecurity.