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Learn about food security

We hope to provide food to students for the purpose of nourishment and energy to help you be and feel well throughout the day. We know how important energy is to study for tests, complete assignments, work while studying, and so much more. UFV food security initiatives are in effect to ensure your access to food does not impede your success.

We believe that to effectively offer food security initiatives that are equitable and accessible, we must operate from an anti-oppressive lens that decenters thinness, whiteness, and that is rooted in antiracism. To do this work we collaborate with UFV students, staff, faculty, and the external community so we can provide programming that reflects the values highlighted above.

What is food security?

Food Secure Canada explains that Food Security is a goal, while Food Sovereignty describes how to get there. There are seven pillars of Food Sovereignty:

  1. Focuses on food for people
  2. Builds knowledge and skills
  3. Works with nature
  4. Values food providers
  5. Localizes food systems
  6. Puts control locally
  7. Food is sacred

Food Secure Canada encourages a commitment to zero hunger, a sustainable food system, and healthy and safe foods. defines Food Security as all people, at all times, having adequate amounts of nutritious, culturally conscious, safe foods. It also means that people are able to make informed decisions about food options, and that food is produced in a socially just manner. 

Food security on a global scale also means that our food is ethically produced and that folks who produce our food are able to earn a decent, living wage. Food access is closely linked to food supply, so food security is dependent on a healthy and sustainable food system. The food system includes the production, processing, distribution, marketing, acquisition, and consumption of food.

A healthy, sustainable food system is one that focuses on environmental health, economic vitality, human health, and social equity. 

How is UFV working towards food security?

At UFV we value these commitments and work towards them in our Food Security programs by:

  • facilitating the consumption of information through our website, workshops, and other materials,
  • supporting collaboration and projects within the university, and
  • advocating for students and working towards achieving food security for the UFV community.

Food security resources

Webinar: Examining Whiteness in the Food System

This webinar from the Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center was recorded on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The webinar focused on how white dominant cultural narratives play out in food insecurity and food access in the United States. The webinar framed ways in which whiteness impacts the food system, based in a historical context of structural racism. It also presented examples of how whiteness fuels power, decision-making, and investment in food systems.

Play 'Whiteness in the Food System' on Youtube

The UFV “Get To Know” Podcast, Get to know Dr. Lenore Newman

Dr Lenore Newman discusses the use of land for the production of food and the implication for reconciliation as a result of colonizing, disrupting, and growing colonized crops on indigenous land. Dr. Newman also chats about culinary colonialism and the farming culture that existed in the Fraser Valley before colonizers came. This podcast is an excellent way to explore the use of the land and make connections between sustainable and ethical farming practices and food justice.

Play 'Get to know Dr. Newman' on Spotify

A bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruit and greek yougurt

Free breakfast program

Abbotsford campus

Stop by the Student Life lounge (Student Union Building 1111) Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 for free breakfast.

Chilliwack campus

Free breakfast at CEP on Thursdays from 9am-11am.

*Remember to bring your own container/bowl and utensil.