Food security

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Percentage of survey respondents who ran out of food in the last 12 months and could not afford to buy more

“This indicator seeks to identify people who may be at risk of a poor diet and nutrition due to their financial incapacity to purchase food, as well as at risk of social exclusion. Food security refers to the availability of food and one's access to it. Food and nutrition have long been recognised as important contributors to health. However, food and nutrition affect more than just the physical aspects of health and wellbeing. The buying, preparing and eating of food is part of everyday life. For many Australians, food is a focus for social interactions with family and friends” (CIV, 2006).

An important element of preparedness for disaster is the capacity to have a stockpile of food to sustain a household for a minimum of 3 days in an emergency. For some households, the capacity to stockpile food and other household essentials is not attainable.

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey 2011
Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) (2007) Metadata, Retrieved from
Survey Questions: 
20. How many times in the last 12 months has your household run out of food and could not afford to buy more?(select one only); Once a week; Once a fortnight; once a month; Less than once a month; Never; Other, please enter number of times in the last 12 months.

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