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1 Discover Your Inner Chef! Community Food Security Resource

2 As a service provider, you may be working with clients who: Have trouble budgeting for food Lack the skills to cook at home Have concerns about food Eat out more than eating at home Do not eat a healthy diet You can help your clients to address these issues because: You know your client You are a trusted source of helpful information This resource will: Provide you with assessment questions to help you to determine if your client needs further support Provide you with the resources that are available for your client

3 QUESTIONS ON FOOD SECURITY In the past 12 months have any of the following applied to you or anyone in your household? Have you worried about food running out before the next meal? Have you been unable to eat a balanced meal and how often? Are you including vegetables and fruit? Are you including whole grains? Are you including milk and alternative products? Are you including meat and alternatives? Have you felt hungry because there wasn t enough money to buy food and how often? Have you cut the size of or skipped meals because there wasn t enough food and how often?

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5 QUESTIONS TO ASK ON BASIC COOKING How often do you eat at home vs. eating out? What influences you to eat at home more often, or eat out more often? Does anyone else in the household cook? If no, how do you cope with being the person responsible for food provision? How often do you/other household members cook/prepare food from scratch? Are you comfortable and confident cooking or preparing food (e.g. preparing food from scratch vs. ready-made foods)?

6 Based on these questions, your clients may hav Food Security Concerns Issues Time Cost Cooking Food Availability Nutrition They are eating out more often. No one else at home cooks. Eating out is more convenient. More people in the household = bigger meals to prepare. They say that eating out costs more money. There are many people in the household i.e. more food to purchase. The ratio of people living in their household is bigger than those that are working: less household income. They experience hunger or skip meals sometimes due to lack of money. Purchasing healthy food is limited due to lack of money. They are eating out more often. Their food is consistently prepared with pre-mixed, pre-made or ready-to-serve foods. They are not confident with cooking. They do not have much experience cooking. They are not able to cook certain meals due to expensive produce or limited food stores in their neighbourhood. There is not enough food to feed everyone. They do not have enough money to purchase healthy food. Eating out more often. Using pre-mixed, pre-made or ready-to-serve foods more often. Healthy and balanced diet is limited due to lack of money.

7 e identified some of the following concerns Helpful Resources Everybody s Food Budget Book Discover Your Inner Chef! Online Learning Food Budget Kit Food Budget Calculator Everybody s Food Budget Book Discover Your Inner Chef! Online Learning Food Budget Kit Making Your Own Baby Food Everybody s Food Budget Book Discover Your Inner Chef! Online Learning Food Budget Kit Food in Durham Canada s Food Guide Food Budget Calculator Everybody s Food Budget Book Discover Your Inner Chef! Online Learning Food Budget Kit Making Your Own Baby Food

8 Resources To Help Your Clients Everybody s Food Budget Book: Has ideas to make the most of your food dollars for delicious, low cost meals. Discover Your Inner Chef! Online Learning: These sessions will help you and your family eat healthy when on a budget. They include information and tools to help you learn food skills and to save money using Canada s Food Guide, menu planning, smart shopping, cooking at home and leftovers. Food Budget Kit: A kit to help you and your family eat better when on a budget. Food Budget Calculator: A tool to help you budget your weekly food costs. These resources and more are available

9 Food in Durham: A list of key contact numbers where food can be found throughout Durham Region. Making Your Own Baby Food: Learn how to make your own affordable, healthy baby food at home. Starcooking.com: This website teaches basic cooking skills to make quick and tasty meals. Get ready to start cooking! Eating Well with Canada s Food Guide: Contains information about eating healthy using each of the four food groups. at: durham.ca/foodsecure

10 Come Visit Us... durham.ca/foodsecure

11 Notes

12 Durham Health Connection Line or durham.ca If you require this information in an accessible format, contact Oct. 2015

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