We recently teamed up with Foodbank Australia to research and understand food insecurity in Australia.
The report, Rumbling Tummies: Child Hunger in Australia is a collation of data collected via an online survey of 1,002 parents in Australia. The survey was designed by McCrindle and explored the experiences of children living in food insecure households, from the perspective of their parents.
One in five children in Australia live in a food insecure household
In fact, it is more likely for a child to live in a food insecure household than an adult. Research conducted in 2017 found that 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity in the previous 12 months, while 22% of children experienced food insecurity over the same period.
Going hungry is a common occurrence for many children. One in three parents living in food insecure households (32%) say their children do not have enough to eat at least once a month because they cannot afford to buy enough food.
One in five parents living in food insecure households (22%) say their child goes a whole day without eating any fresh food at least once a week. Devastatingly, almost one in ten of these parents (9%) say their children go a whole day without eating at all at least once a week.
The cost of living is the main cause of household food insecurity
Unexpected expenses or large bills (52%) and housing payments (38%) are two of the most prominent causes of food insecurity in households with children under the age of 15. The cost of living forces parents to choose between paying their bills and feeding their family. More than half of parents (56%) have not paid bills in order to have enough money to buy food for their household.
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