HEAL helps Huron County understand food needs

Geography Professor Jason Gilliland and his team from the Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL) are collaborating with the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre and the Huron County Health Unit to better understand the problem of food insecurity in rural Huron County.  The HEAL team, which also included Geography MSc student Angela Piaskoski and HEAL Project Coordinator Dr Andrew Clark, have identified patterns of rural food insecurity, some of the reasons behind it, and some of the struggles of food insecure households.  They believe their findings can be translated to other rural areas of Ontario, and are continuing to work with the community partners to look for solutions. In a recent interview, Gilliland notes how such cross-sector collaborations benefit the community groups and offer practical and meaningful research experience for Western students. See story here.

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