PROOF is an interdisciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada. The goal of this research program is to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity, which is defined as the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.
In 2011, the PROOF team received one of 11 Programmatic Grants to Tackle Health and Health Equity in Canada from the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The grant was awarded to execute a five-year research program to identify viable and effective policy interventions to reduce household food insecurity in Canada.
PROOF examines household food insecurity in Canada and focuses on following areas:
- the cost of food insecurity,
- current policies and food insecurity,
- defining the material conditions necessary to prevent household food insecurity,
- modeling the impact of interventions on household food insecurity, and
- understanding how food insecurity is framed as a policy issue.
PROOF publishes annual reports on household food insecurity, using data from Statistics Canada. The reports (2011 was the first one) monitor trends, enabling the identification of priorities for interventions to address this major public health issue. These reports have become critical for furthering public understanding of food insecurity in Canada and the need for policy intervention.
PROOF involves co-investigators from the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Calgary, Memorial University, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.