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Australia is a relatively prosperous country, ranked in the top 15 nations in the world for living standards and unmatched in the OECD for its 29 year-long period of sustained economic growth.
Beneath the overall picture of relative economic strength, however, lies another sadder story. A significant and growing proportion of the population do not have enough to eat. Their food insecurity can be sustained, resulting from unemployment or low income, or it can be periodic, caused by sudden expenses or family emergency.
Australia has a well-developed system of charities which provides food relief to those most in need. Emerging from churches and other small scale charitable projects, the food relief sector has become highly professionalised in recent decades.
This report considers regional variability in food insecurity within Queensland. Specifically, it asks two questions: