An estimated 821 million people in the world today suffer from hunger. In Canada, an estimated one in eight households—more than four million Canadians—is food insecure. This negatively affects their physical, mental and social health, and costs our health care system considerably.
As Canada Research Chair in Food, Health and Social Justice, Dr. Lesley Frank is working to address the global problem of family and childhood food insecurity while advancing food justice and health equity in Canada. Frank and her research team are developing survey tools and analyzing the causes and social impacts of food insecurity on vulnerable families with children of various ages. They are also collaborating with other academics and community stakeholders in the hopes of supporting policies that will strengthen the well-being of all Canadians.