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Literature and Best Practices Review : Measuring Food Insecurity at the University of British Columbia Kozicky, Sara


UBC Wellbeing is a collaborative effort to make the University a better place to live, work and learn through a systems-wide approach to wellbeing across campuses. The work of UBC Wellbeing is guided by the Okanagan Charter, a shared call to action for partners, leaders, and community members to embed health and wellbeing into all aspects of the institution and lead wellbeing promotion actions locally and globally. The UBC Food and Nutrition Committee is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students with interest and expertise in food systems and food security. The committee developed an Action Framework for a Nutritionally Sound Campus (1), which in turn informed the food and nutrition targets within the draft UBC Wellbeing Strategic Framework (currently in development - February 2019). Both frameworks identified food insecurity as an area of focus and were informed by Goal 2 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2) Given the Action Framework and Wellbeing Strategic Framework, there is a need to establish a baseline and ongoing measure to monitor food insecurity prevalence within the UBC community – which includes students, staff and faculty. Additionally, the measure will be useful to determine if current and future interventions have a potential impact on food insecurity prevalence. To achieve this goal, a literature and best practices review was conducted to inform recommendations for measuring food insecurity prevalence within the UBC community. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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