Food insecurity in NSW is an issue that mostly affects households from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and is associated with limited access to healthy and affordable fresh food, poor quality of fruit and vegetables that are available, and inadequate access to nutritional information. Food insecurity in NSW affects 6.9% of people and this rate more than doubles among Aboriginal people (18.5%). Overall, in Australia, 22% of children are currently living in a ‘food insecure’ household, and the impact of that is increased overweight and obesity rates among children and life-long consequences.
This report provides a snapshot of how NSW families on low incomes are experiencing food insecurity and cost of living pressures, and the impact this has on their lives.
The report was based on answers to a survey conducted by Essential Media Communications on behalf of NCOSS, to which 402 people across NSW responded. The findings are supported by data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and a range of literature on food insecurity and obesity.
The report highlights some immediate actions government could take to address food insecurity, as well as outlining future options to explore in relation to changing policy settings to promote affordable healthy eating.