In Canada, the health care system is increasingly burdened with the results of poor eating options and a lack of access to healthy, affordable food. Our research highlights these solutions:
- In eastern Ontario, Project SOIL identified ways to use food gardens on hospital and long-term care facility land for therapy, improved mental and physical health outcomes and to grow food. Through nine projects, they identified evidence for the co-benefits of gardens and developed tools to support these initiatives including resource databases.
- And in Ottawa, researchers documented the role of Just Food as a model not-for-profit that uses a food systems approach focused on sustainable production and access (e.g. community gardening, farmer training, promotion of local producers). Just Food acts as a coordinating body in Ottawa with projects including a regional food hub (to facilitate aggregation and distribution of local food), incubator kitchen, food literacy and community action to address poverty and hunger.