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Now We Are 12: Food Insecurity. Snapshot 3

Food insecurity is related to low disposable household income and material deprivation. It is currently used as an indicator to monitor progress in line with the Child Poverty Reduction Act (1). There is a decreasing trend since 2012/13 in the proportion of children living in households where food runs out often or sometimes (1).

This report examines the proportions of young people in the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort that lived in households experiencing food insecurity. We focused on change in household food security status between 8- and 12-years of age, and receipt of government support for families with food insecurity, including school food programmes.

The main report, entitled 'Food Insecurity,' includes:

  • An introduction to food insecurity
  • A description of household food insecurity at 12-years of age
  • Changes in household food security status since 8-years of age
  • Different indicators of food insecurity
  • A description of the uptake of government financial assistance to help mitigate food insecurity
  • A description of the uptake of school food programmes
  • Relevance for policy and practice.

The 'Supplementary material for Now We Are 12: Indicators of food insecurity and access to food assistance in the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort' includes:

  • How constructs were measured
  • The use of imputation for missing data
  • How food insecurity categories were created
  • A comparison between food insecurity measures used by Growing Up in New Zealand and those used in the New Zealand Health Survey


Funding

Crown funding managed by the Ministry of Social Development

History

Publisher

Growing Up in New Zealand: University of Auckland

Spatial coverage

New Zealand

Temporal coverage: start

2021-09-01

Temporal coverage: end

2022-10-31

Data Collection Wave

DCW 12 (12-years)