chapter  7
11 Pages

Responding to hunger in Australia

The role of traditional and emerging food distribution measures in addressing food insecurity
WithFiona H. McKay

Over the past two decades, Australia has experienced strong economic growth and an increase in household wealth; however, many Australians experience poverty and disadvantage. Poverty and food insecurity are inextricably linked. One in six Australians report having experienced food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months, about half of whom are employed. As a result, those seeking emergency food relief is increasing in Australia. In response to the increasing number of people seeking food relief and the strain on charities to provide it, new ways of responding to food insecurity are developing. This chapter will review the evidence and potential of these food relief alternatives for reducing hunger and food insecurity.