Long-term food insecurity, hunger and risky food acquisition practices: A cross-sectional study of food charity recipients in an Australian capital city
MetadataShow full item record
© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Inadequate social protection, stagnant wages, unemployment, and homelessness are associated with Australian household food insecurity. Little is known about the recipients of food charity and whether their needs are being met. This cross-sectional study of 101 food charity recipients in Perth, Western Australia, measured food security, weight status, sociodemographic characteristics and food acquisition practices. Seventy-nine percent were male, aged 21–79 years, 90% were unemployed, 87% received social assistance payments, and 38% were homeless. Ninety-one percent were food insecure, 80% with hunger, and 56% had gone a day or more without eating in the previous week. Fifty-seven percent had used food charity for ≥1 year, and, of those, 7.5 years was the mode. Charitable services were the main food source in the previous week, however 76% used multiple sources. Begging for money for food (36%), begging for food (32%), stealing food or beverages (34%), and taking food from bins (28%) was commonplace. The omnipresence and chronicity of food insecurity, reliance on social security payments, and risky food acquisition suggest that both the social protection and charitable food systems are failing. Urgent reforms are needed to address the determinants of food insecurity (e.g., increased social assistance payments, employment and housing support) and the adequacy, appropriateness and effectiveness of food charity.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Entries and exits from homelessness: A dynamic analysis of the relationship between structural conditions and individual characteristicsJohnson, G.; Scutella, R.; Tseng, Y.; Wood, Gavin; Guy, J.; Rosanna, S.; Yi-Ping, T.; Gavin, W. (2015)This report examines the relationship between structural factors, individual characteristics and homelessness. Our interest in the interaction of structural conditions and individual characteristics gives rise to two ...
Gratitude, resignation and the desire for dignity: lived experience of food charity recipients and their recommendations for improvement, Perth, Western AustraliaBooth, S.; Begley, Andrea; Mackintosh, B.; Kerr, Deborah; Jancey, Jonine; Caraher, M.; Whelan, J.; Pollard, C. (2018)Objective: The present study explored recipients’ perceptions of food charity and their suggested improvements in inner-city Perth, Western Australia. Design: In-depth interviews were conducted with charitable food service ...
‘Sustainable’ Rather than ‘subsistence’ food assistance solutions to food insecurity: South Australian recipients’ perspectives on traditional and social enterprise modelsBooth, S.; Pollard, Christina; Coveney, J.; Goodwin-Smith, I. (2018)© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. South Australian (SA) food charity recipients’ perspectives were sought on existing services and ideas for improvement of food assistance models to address food ...