Children in emergency accommodation living off fast food

A report released by Focus Ireland entitled "Food Access and Nutritional Health of Families in Emergency Accommodation" has highlighted the struggle of families in emergency accommodation to maintain a healthy diet.

The report examined the prevalence and experience of food poverty among families experiencing homelessness and living in emergency accommodation. The researchers carried out interviews with 10 families living in hotels, B&Bs and hostels.  

Families’ access to food, storage and cooking facilities impacted on their diet. Many families did not have access to food provision, storage or cooking facilities. This impacted negatively on the families’ food habits and diet. Families reported being constrained in what they could cook, resulting in an increased intake of high fat foods and takeaways.

The research found that families were knowledgeable about food and nutrition, however their living circumstances prevented them from using this information.

Posted: 15/08/2017 09:04:23 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Access, Availability, Food poverty, Homeless, Nutrition


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