Hungry for Change: Social Exclusion, Food Poverty and Homelessness

This pilot study seeks to break new ground in social research and deliver a better understanding of the impact of poverty and social exclusion on the food, diet, and nutrition of people who are homeless in the city of Dublin. This study was undertaken during 2002 and 2003 in response to a 2001 Combat Poverty Agency invitation for research proposals to “examine the policy response to food poverty in Ireland”. Focus Ireland concluded that existing national government strategies on homelessness and social inclusion can be broadened to include issues of food poverty, and diet and nutrition. Finally, tackling food poverty means more than freedom from hunger; it implies a right to food. To tackle food poverty we must make access to a healthy diet a positive human right to food and not simply a negative freedom from hunger.

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Focus Ireland, Dublin