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Food on a Low Income: Four households tell their story (Executive Summary)



Subject Keywords: Food poverty
Topic: Obesity
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: All-island

The aim of this research was to investigate the everyday experiences of food on a low income among people in four household types on the island of Ireland (IOI). This research will inform safefood and other stakeholders targeting vulnerable groups. It should influence both policy and practical programmes such as community food initiatives and awareness campaigns.

Why do low-income groups suffer more from diet-related ill health than other groups? Is it because a healthy diet is too expensive? Or what other forces are there at work? safefood commissioned this qualitative research for four different low-income household types to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics behind food poverty.

The research involved a qualitative approach to enable an exploration of the ‘why’ behind the statistics of food poverty. In total, thirteen focus groups were conducted amongst four household types: two parent household with children, single males, single older people and lone parents with children, on IOI in both rural and urban settings.





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Suggested citation:

safefood. (2011) Food on a Low Income: Four households tell their story (Executive Summary) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st September 2019].


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