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Stigma and emergency and community food assistance: ‘But… beggars can’t be choosers’
journal contributionposted on 2022-03-18, 00:00 authored by Fiona McKayFiona McKay, H McKenzie, R Lindberg
An increasing number of Australians are experiencing food insecurity due to rising costs of living and stagnant wage and welfare growth, as a result an increasing number of people are reliant on charity to meet their food needs. This research employs qualitative methods to explore the experiences of people who are reliant on emergency and community food assistance. The two main findings of this study are that people relying on charity often experience humiliation and embarrassment when accessing these services, and that when accessing theses services, they feel both judged and judgemental of others. Findings of this study highlight some of the challenges faced by people experiencing food insecurity and hunger.