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The role of food banks in addressing food insecurity: a systematic review

Bazerghi, Chantelle, McKay, Fiona H. and Dunn, Matthew 2016, The role of food banks in addressing food insecurity: a systematic review, Journal of community health, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 732-740, doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0147-5.

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Title The role of food banks in addressing food insecurity: a systematic review
Author(s) Bazerghi, Chantelle
McKay, Fiona H.ORCID iD for McKay, Fiona H.
Dunn, MatthewORCID iD for Dunn, Matthew
Journal name Journal of community health
Volume number 41
Issue number 4
Start page 732
End page 740
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-08
ISSN 1573-3610
Keyword(s) Client needs
Food bank
Food insecurity
Summary Food banks play a major role in the food aid sector by distributing donated and purchased groceries directly to food insecure families. The public health implications of food insecurity are significant, particularly as food insecurity has a higher prevalence among certain population groups. This review consolidates current knowledge about the function and efficacy of food banks to address food insecurity. A systematic review was conducted. Thirty-five publications were reviewed, of which 14 examined food security status, 13 analysed nutritional quality of food provided, and 24 considered clients' needs in relation to food bank use. This review found that while food banks have an important role to play in providing immediate solutions to severe food deprivation, they are limited in their capacity to improve overall food security outcomes due to the limited provision of nutrient-dense foods in insufficient amounts, especially from dairy, vegetables and fruits. Food banks have the potential to improve food security outcomes when operational resources are adequate, provisions of perishable food groups are available, and client needs are identified and addressed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10900-015-0147-5
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Springer
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Free to Read Start Date 2017-09-01
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Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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