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Food Poverty and Policy


Combat Poverty Agency, Crosscare & the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Topic: Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Crosscare and Combat Poverty Agency launched the Food Poverty and Policy on 28 May 2004 to highlight the growing problem of food poverty in Ireland. The report shows that access to good quality, reasonably priced food needed to ensure a nutritious and healthy diet is becoming a real problem in Ireland. The report stated that the main reasons for food poverty in Ireland are: - Income adequacy - not having enough to live on. - Those most at risk are low-income households, also the unemployed, the elderly, the homeless, Travellers and refugees/asylum seekers. - Large multiples control what gets into shops and where the shops are. Smaller local shops are often significantly more expensive than larger stores. In many areas they also close early for security reasons. - Appropriate information - knowing the best options given financial constraints. - Transport: can you get to the shop?: do you need private transport? The people most at risk have very limited choice of transport to reach larger stores which generally provide wider choice, lower prices and better opening hours. - Market support measures: over production of less healthy food: can get into food programmes. - Advertising - particularly that directed at children. Current proposals to limit such advertising in Ireland are to be welcomed.



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Combat Poverty Agency, Crosscare & the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. (2004) Food Poverty and Policy [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 26th August 2019].


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