Dr. Joyce Slater presents her latest research on food security in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moderated by Food Matters Manitoba’s Board Vice Chair, Beth Timmers.
The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic led to unprecedented social and economic upheaval in Canada due to mass job loss and business closures. Food insecurity rose, increasing demands on charitable food organizations. This presentation will discuss a University of Manitoba study which investigated the impact of the COVID pandemic on food banks in Manitoba during spring 2020. COVID had a significant impact on the charitable food sector, presenting many challenges and requiring significant operational changes. Food banks introduced new policies and re-configured programs to try and meet client needs and public health directives amid uncertain supports and resources.
More about Dr Joyce Slater
Joyce Slater is a Professor of Community Nutrition in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. She teaches food and nutrition literacy education, and public health nutrition. Joyce conducts research on food and nutrition security; the role of food literacy in well-being; and nutrition epidemiology. Her research has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation. Joyce is a Registered Dietitian who worked in various public health organizations for 18 years before obtaining her PhD and joining the University of Manitoba.