Still serving hot soup? Two hundred years of a charitable food sector in Australia: a narrative review

Lindberg, Rebecca, Whelan, Jillian, Lawrence, Mark, Gold, Lisa and Friel, Sharon 2015, Still serving hot soup? Two hundred years of a charitable food sector in Australia: a narrative review, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 358-365, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12311.

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Title Still serving hot soup? Two hundred years of a charitable food sector in Australia: a narrative review
Author(s) Lindberg, Rebecca
Whelan, JillianORCID iD for Whelan, Jillian
Lawrence, MarkORCID iD for Lawrence, Mark
Gold, LisaORCID iD for Gold, Lisa
Friel, Sharon
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 358
End page 365
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication North Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1753-6405
Keyword(s) charitable food sector
emergency food relief
food insecurity
food security
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary OBJECTIVE: Despite the importance of the charitable food sector for a proportion of the Australian population, there is uncertainty about its present and future contributions to wellbeing. This paper describes its nature and examines its scope for improving health and food security. METHODS: The review, using systematic methods for public health research, identified peer-reviewed and grey literature relevant to Australian charitable food programs (2002 to 2012). RESULTS: Seventy publications met the criteria and informed this paper. The sector includes food banks, more than 3,000 community agencies and 800 school breakfast programs. It provides food for up to two million people annually. The scope extends beyond emergency food relief and includes case management, advocacy and other support. Weaknesses include a food supply that is sub-optimal, resource limitations and lack of evidence to evaluate or support their work towards food security. CONCLUSIONS: The sector supports people experiencing disadvantage and involves multiple organisations, working in a variety of settings, to provide food for up to 8% of the population. The limits on the sector's capacity to address food insecurity by itself must be acknowledged so that civil society, government and the food industry can support sufficient, nutritious and affordable food for all.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12311
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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