Who uses foodbanks and why? Exploring the impact of financial strain and adverse life events on food insecurity

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622397
Title:
Who uses foodbanks and why? Exploring the impact of financial strain and adverse life events on food insecurity
Authors:
Prayogo, Edwina; Chater, Angel M. ( 0000-0002-9043-2565 ) ; Chapman, S.; Barker, M.; Rahmawati, N.; Waterfall, T.; Grimble, G.
Abstract:
Background Rising use of foodbanks highlights food insecurity in the UK. Adverse life events (e.g. unemployment, benefit delays or sanctions) and financial strains are thought to be the drivers of foodbank use. This research aimed to explore who uses foodbanks, and factors associated with increased food insecurity. Methods We surveyed those seeking help from front line crisis providers from foodbanks (N = 270) and a comparison group from Advice Centres (ACs) (N = 245) in relation to demographics, adverse life events, financial strain and household food security. Results About 55.9% of foodbank users were women and the majority were in receipt of benefits (64.8%). Benefit delays (31.9%), changes (11.1%) and low income (19.6%) were the most common reasons given for referral. Compared to AC users, there were more foodbank users who were single men without children, unemployed, currently homeless, experiencing more financial strain and adverse life events (P = 0.001). Food insecurity was high in both populations, and more severe if they also reported financial strain and adverse life events. Conclusions Benefit-related problems appear to be a key reason for foodbank referral. By comparison with other disadvantaged groups, foodbank users experienced more financial strain, adverse life events, both increased the severity of food insecurity.
Affiliation:
University College London; University of Bedfordshire; University of Bath; University of Southampton; Universitas Indonesia
Citation:
Prayogo E, Chater A, Chapman S, Barker M, Rahmawati N, Waterfall T, Grimble G (2017) 'Who uses foodbanks and why? Exploring the impact of financial strain and adverse life events on food insecurity', Journal of Public Health, pp.1-8.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Journal of Public Health
Issue Date:
14-Nov-17
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622397
DOI:
10.1093/pubmed/fdx133
Additional Links:
https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdx133/4555347?searchresult=1
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1741-3842
EISSN:
1741-3842
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dc.contributor.authorPrayogo, Edwinaen
dc.contributor.authorChater, Angel M.en
dc.contributor.authorChapman, S.en
dc.contributor.authorBarker, M.en
dc.contributor.authorRahmawati, N.en
dc.contributor.authorWaterfall, T.en
dc.contributor.authorGrimble, G.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-22T09:46:55Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-22T09:46:55Z-
dc.date.issued17-11-14-
dc.identifier.citationPrayogo E, Chater A, Chapman S, Barker M, Rahmawati N, Waterfall T, Grimble G (2017) 'Who uses foodbanks and why? Exploring the impact of financial strain and adverse life events on food insecurity', Journal of Public Health, pp.1-8.en
dc.identifier.issn1741-3842-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/pubmed/fdx133-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622397-
dc.description.abstractBackground Rising use of foodbanks highlights food insecurity in the UK. Adverse life events (e.g. unemployment, benefit delays or sanctions) and financial strains are thought to be the drivers of foodbank use. This research aimed to explore who uses foodbanks, and factors associated with increased food insecurity. Methods We surveyed those seeking help from front line crisis providers from foodbanks (N = 270) and a comparison group from Advice Centres (ACs) (N = 245) in relation to demographics, adverse life events, financial strain and household food security. Results About 55.9% of foodbank users were women and the majority were in receipt of benefits (64.8%). Benefit delays (31.9%), changes (11.1%) and low income (19.6%) were the most common reasons given for referral. Compared to AC users, there were more foodbank users who were single men without children, unemployed, currently homeless, experiencing more financial strain and adverse life events (P = 0.001). Food insecurity was high in both populations, and more severe if they also reported financial strain and adverse life events. Conclusions Benefit-related problems appear to be a key reason for foodbank referral. By comparison with other disadvantaged groups, foodbank users experienced more financial strain, adverse life events, both increased the severity of food insecurity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdx133/4555347?searchresult=1en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectnutritionen
dc.subjectpovertyen
dc.subjectsocioeconomic factorsen
dc.titleWho uses foodbanks and why? Exploring the impact of financial strain and adverse life events on food insecurityen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1741-3842-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity College Londonen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bathen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Southamptonen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversitas Indonesiaen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Public Healthen
dc.date.updated2017-11-22T09:27:18Z-
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