Why should we put Food First in Newfoundland & Labrador?
Here are some numbers.
90 PER CENT
of Newfoundland & Labrador's fresh vegetables are grown
outside the province.
80 PER CENT
of the province's seafood production is exported.
At 1 in 20 people, Newfoundland & Labrador has the
Highest Rate of Food Bank Usage
of all the provinces in Canada
The average age of a farmer in Newfoundland & Labrador is
55 Years Old
84 PER CENT
of communities in Newfoundland & Labrador do not have a grocery store.
Change in climate & the availability of wild game means access to traditional wild food in Northern Labrador
Newfoundland & Labrador would have only a
2-3 DAY SUPPLY
of fresh vegetables if the supply chain was disrupted.
Newfoundland & Labrador has the
of obesity and diabetes of all the provinces in Canada.
For every 10,000 Newfoundlanders & Labradorians
14 fast food stores...
8 corner stores...
4 gas stations with stores...
...and just 3 grocery stores.
Scroll through the images above for statistics about food security in the province. Sources listed below.
What are we doing about it?
Here are a few of the ways we are working to ensure food security in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Celebrating, preserving, and sharing NL seniors' wealth of traditional food knowledge and skills.
Bringing healthier food options—and better business—to convenience stores
Connecting young people with local food and with food security
Sharing and celebrating food with seniors at events across the province.
A discussion on the future of food in Newfoundland and Labrador
Stories of Community Action in Nunatsiavut
Your one-stop-shop for healthy eating resources in NL.
Citizens and municipal government focusing on food issues together.
Communities in northern Labrador working to overcome food insecurity.
A challenge to learn more about food and to think about what good food means to you.
1. (Of major wholesalers) Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador. Wholesale and Other Opportunities in the Vegetable Industry of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007.
2. NL Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, Trade Report
3. 1 in 20. Food Banks Canada, Hungercount 2014
4. Statistics Canada, 2011 Farm and Farm Operator Data
5. Food Environments by the Numbers in NL, Analysis by J. Valcour, C. Mah, and the Healthy Corner Stores NL team
7. (Of major wholesalers). Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador. Wholesale and Other Opportunities in the Vegetable Industry of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007.
8. Statistics Canada, 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey
9. Food Environments by the Numbers in NL, Analysis by J. Valcour, C. Mah, and the Healthy Corner Stores NL team