AN EXPLORATORY STUDY IN HURON, PERTH, BRUCE AND GREY COUNTIES: GAINING A SNAPSHOT OF THE ‘FOOD INSECURITY/ACCESSIBILITY’ LANDSCAPE AMONG RURAL SENIORS.
Nutrition is critical for overall health, management of chronic illnesses and maintaining independent living. According to Dr. Al Lauzon, rural seniors face more significant challenges and are at greater risk of food insecurity than their urban counterparts (Lauzon, 2018, p. 18). A range of factors impacts rural senior’s experience with food insecurity and accessibility. Notably, rural seniors experience additional barriers around the regionalization of grocery stores, a scarcity of support services such as meals on wheels or other meal delivery programs and preparation services. Some of these issues are underpinned by distance to support and health services, access to affordable, nutritious food and the lack of transportation options to get there. COVID-19 has exacerbated many of these issues and continues to deepen the gaps that impact food accessibility.
A partnership between Gateway and the University of Guelph, The Food Accessibility and Insecurity Amongst Rural Seniors project will explore regular eating patterns, food consumption, food security/insecurity experiences, accessibility to food, and diet adequacy. It will also explore possible changes between the relationship with food and the COVID-19 pandemic. The project team is currently looking for rural seniors in Huron, Perth, Bruce or Grey Counties who are 70+ years and older to participate in the project. Participants will be asked to have a 60- minute interview over the phone. The purpose of the study is to examine food concerns and to help better meet the nutrition needs of rural seniors.
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