Dr. Valerie Tarasuk

Professor, University of Toronto

Food Insecurity, Food Banks, Food Policy


"Food banks don’t reduce food insecurity, so why did the federal government give them $200 million in emergency aid? " https://www.caledonenterprise.com/news-story/10316875-food-banks-don-t-reduce-food-insecurity-so-why-did-the-federal-government-give-them-200-million-in-emergency-aid-/#:~:text=Food%20banks%20don%E2%80%99t%20reduce%20food%20insecurity%2C%20so%20why%20did%20the%20federal%20government%20give%20them%20%24200%20million%20in%20emergency%20aid%3F

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Valerie Tarasuk is a Professor in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her research extends to Canadian food policy and population-level dietary assessment, but her primary focus is food insecurity. She is one of Canada's foremost experts on this topic. Since 2011, she has led PROOF, a research program designed to identify effective policy interventions to reduce food insecurity in Canada. Tarasuk has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and an honorary doctorate from Queen's University.


  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Dietary Assessment
  • Food Insecurity
  • Food Banks
  • Food Policy