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# food poverty

Last month
November 2023
Surge in demand for food banks in Northern Ireland outstripping supplies of food, charity warns
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Demand increased 23% year on year – a higher increase than elsewhere in the UK.
This year
2023
Going to bed hungry: Parents are ‘doing without’ food as cost-of-living crisis hits
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
After years of steady declining, food poverty in Ireland has shot up.
1 in 5 parents haven't had enough food for their children, according to survey
A survey on food poverty by Barnardos showed an increase in food poverty, compared with their previous survey.
Last year
2022
'She didn't eat for 4 days to feed her baby': Irish foodbanks pushed to the limit
19% of adults had skipped meals or reduced portion size so their family can eat enough, according to Barnardos.
Almost one in ten people struggled with food poverty in 2021, according to government
Approximately 8.9% of Irish people experience food poverty according to a government survey, around 445,000 people.
Conservative MP claims people use food banks because they cannot budget or cook properly
Tory MP Lee Anderson made the remarks during a debate in the UK parliament.
Quarter of parents worry whether they can provide food for their family - Barnardos report
Parents who are concerned about food described themselves as feeling “stressed”, “worried about the future”, and “guilty”.
All time
‘It’s a bit like Ready Steady Cook’: How FoodCloud and charities are fighting food poverty in the west of Ireland
As charities see demand increase this Christmas, the team behind FoodCloud is making things a little easier.
A third of calls made to St Vincent De Paul are from people struggling to afford food
One in 11 people in Ireland are estimated to experience food poverty.
The food sector wants to sell us more for greater profits – but we need to consume less
For the first time in human history our biggest killers are not pathogens, at least in the Western world, but illnesses created by poor diet and the drive to consume more calories.
A huge number of Irish adults are worried about not having enough money to buy food
A full third of Irish parents with young children are concerned about feeding their family.
One in five Irish children go to school or bed hungry. This has to stop.
Because of the recession, many families are still struggling to put food on the table.
Tory peer apologises after saying 'poor people don't know how to cook'
Baroness Jenkin made the remarks in Westminster yesterday.
Should families with teens be given more money to feed them?
A food poverty charity has asked Joan Burton to consider ow expensive it is to feed teenagers when drafting the next Budget.
Opinion: Climate change is the single biggest threat to winning the fight against hunger
Everyday items such as cereals, yoghurts and ice cream have a hefty climate footprint. A quarter of all emissions are coming from the food system and these emissions are growing as demand for food rises.
Poor people in Europe forced to choose between heating and eating
Oxfam is calling on G7 leaders who are meting tomorrow to reassess Europe’s energy strategy to move towards more sustainable and affordable fuels.
Food banks to be set up across Ireland
The first bank opens in Cork in June, with another in Dublin to follow.
GRAPH: The number of people who cannot afford food in Ireland has doubled
A worrying statistic from today’s OECD report.
Column: New thinking about tackling extreme deprivation in Europe
A new €3.8 billion EU initiative, FEAD, will help overcome extreme deprivation in Ireland and all across Europe, writes Emer Costello MEP.
EU to double Ireland's funding for homeless services like soup kitchens
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said the increase is welcome but it is still too low considering the scale of poverty across the EU.
NUI Galway develops vitamin-rich crop to combat malnutrition in Africa
Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency.
Behind the scenes as the Capuchin Day Centre prepares to feed 500 people
We visited the centre yesterday to see what staff and volunteers would be cooking up for their annual festive gala.
Column: Thousands of people in Ireland can't afford a basic meal every second day
Food poverty is a difficult – but very real – fact to accept in modern society. Ireland must now make a decision on how to implement a programme to tackle rising poverty and social exclusion, writes Emer Costello.
This map shows food poverty 'is a reality in every county in Ireland'
Two unions are calling on the government to provide aid to organisations offering food assistance to those struggling this Christmas.
Cole, Cork-opoly and grocery shopping: The week in numbers
How much does it cost to bring football into disrepute on Twitter? And how do NAMA’s accounts look?
Column: Zero hunger - the only acceptable target
On World Food Day, a United Nations and EC official for agriculture declare that progress has been made in tackling hunger – but that one in eight people is still undernourished.
10 per cent of Irish population living in food poverty
Those most at risk are those with low incomes, young families and lone parents, according to research commissioned by the Department of Social Protection.