DESPITE AUSTRALIA’S REPUTATION AS A WEALTHY COUNTRY, FOOD INSECURITY IS A REALITY FOR AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE
In the last year, more than one in five Australians (21%) have been in a situation where they have run out of food and been unable to buy more.
More than one in four women in Australia (27%) have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. This compares to 18% of men. The impact of food insecurity can look quite different for women and men too.
At least once a week, around half of food insecure people skip a meal (55%) or cut down on the size of their meals to make their food go further (50%). At least once a week, three in ten food insecure Australians (30%) go a whole day without eating.