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We are here to share food literacy research and resources with you! What you see on this website has been developed by Registered Dietitians, research consultants, librarians, academic partners and other valuable stakeholders. Click on the drop down tabs to access up-to-date information.

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What is food literacy?

Food literacy is a set of interconnected attributes organized into the categories of food and nutrition knowledge, skills, self-efficacy/confidence, food decisions, and other ecologic (external) factors such as income security, and the food system. 

Check out this video on food literacy.

About the project

This project was made possible through funding from Public Health Ontario and their Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) program. The LDCP brings public health units together to develop and run research projects on issues of shared interest related to the Ontario Public Health Standards.

Our team has been involved in food literacy research since 2012.

  • LDCP 2013: Making Something Out of Nothing (Food literacy among youth, young pregnant women and young parents who are at risk for poor health) was the first LDCP research project that started our food literacy journey and focused on conceptualization of food literacy with priority populations in Ontario.
  • LDCP 2016: Measuring Food Literacy focused on further deconstructing the concept of food literacy. A scoping review was followed by a consensus-building Delphi Technique with public health and other stakeholders. Findings of the scoping review were published in Public Health Nutrition and we are working on a manuscript to summarize the findings of the Delphi process.

What's Next?

We have received additional funding to work with a research team from the University of Toronto to build on our previous research findings to achieve the following objectives:

  • To develop a tool with key indicators/questions that measure food literacy, including food skills attributes.

  • To test the tool with the identified target populations, considering various facets of validity (e.g., attribute, face, and content) as well as reliability, sensitivity to change, and feasibility)

For project feasibility, we plan to evaluate the tool to see how it performs with the same populations as in our previous research, such as high-risk groups: youth (16 to 19 years of age); young parents (16-25 years of age); and pregnant women (16 to 25 years of age).  As the conceptual basis (Food Literacy Framework) for the tool is broad and applicable to all populations, in the future the tool will be amenable to testing with other populations of interest.

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Food Literacy Resources

Food Literacy Research and Reports 

The LDCP Healthy Eating team would like to thank Public Health Ontario for its support of this project. The team gratefully acknowledges funding received from PHO through the Locally Driven Collaborative Projects program.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this project update are those of the LDCP team, and do not necessarily reflect those of Public Health Ontario.