Open Access Peer-reviewed

The Paradox of Going Hungry when there is So much Food: The Perspective of Vulnerable Youth and Their Caseworkers

Quynh Lê1,, Stuart Auckland1, Hoang Boi Nguyen1, Daniel R Terry1, Tony Barnett1

1University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Launceston Tasmania Australia

Journal of Food Security. 2013, 1(2), 10-15. DOI: 10.12691/jfs-1-2-1
Published online: August 25, 2017

Abstract

This study aimed to examine the food security challenges experienced among vulnerable youth in North West Tasmania. An exploratory, descriptive design was used to collect data through face-to-face interviews and focus group discussions with 22 young residents and with five stakeholders and representatives from different community and state organisations. The most significant finding of the study was that a proportion of young residents in the North West Coast of Tasmania were threatened by food insecurity, which was caused by a combination of factors including patterns of food consumption and dietary behaviours. Those with higher financial difficulty due to the lack of a stable job were significantly more vulnerable to food insecurity and faced a higher chance of having health problems. The findings of the project have many implications to improve the food security and lives of vulnerable youth.

Keywords:

food security, disadvantaged, youth, socioeconomic status, coping
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