Too poor to eat: Food insecurity in the UK

May 2016
Anna Taylor and Rachel Loopstr

Being food secure means being sure of your ability to secure, at all times, enough food of sufficient quality and quantity, to allow you to stay healthy and participate in society. Food insecurity is defined as:

Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (e.g. without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing or other coping strategies)