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Food Mirages in Guelph, Ontario: The Impacts of Limited Food Accessibility and Affordability on Low-income Residents

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Title: Food Mirages in Guelph, Ontario: The Impacts of Limited Food Accessibility and Affordability on Low-income Residents
Author: Reeve, Benjamin; Reeve, Benjamin
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Winson, AnthonyWinson, Anthony
Abstract: The aims of this study are (1) to locate areas of limited access to affordable food in Guelph, Ontario and (2) to explore the impacts of experiencing barriers to accessing healthy affordable food. Firstly, a Food Affordability Index was compiled and displayed in a series of maps, showing that most of the areas with a higher prevalence of <LICO residents are outside of a 1km walking distance to a low-cost grocery store. Downtown Guelph, showing a high prevalence of <LICO residents, is home to the two most expensive grocery stores in the city, with no lower cost option available. Secondly, a sample (n=15) of food insecure <LICO Guelph residents completed interviews and surveys to explore the impacts of limited affordable food accessibility on their lives. They described symbolic barriers of race and class at the high-cost grocery stores in downtown Guelph, exacerbating the lack of affordable food there.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12933
Date: 2018-04
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