A Survey of Food Problems Experienced by Toronto Street Youth

Abstract:

A brief survey was undertaken to assess the nature and severity of food insecurity experienced by a sample of 88 street youth in downtown Toronto and to identify markers of vulnerability to food scarcity. Almost half of the youth reported experiencing involuntary hunger or food deprivation during the previous 30 days. Youth who were literally homeless (i.e., on the street or “squatting” in abandoned buildings) and those relying primarily on street-based activities for income appeared particularly vulnerable to food deprivation. Although limited in scope, the findings raise questions about the nutritional well-being of street youth and highlight the need for more effective interventions to address problems of poverty, hunger, and homelessness among Canadian youth.

Citation:

Antoniades, M., Tarasuk, V. “A Survey of Food Problems Experienced by Toronto Street Youth” Canadian Journal of Public Health 89.6(1998):371-375.

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A Survey of Food Problems Experienced by Toronto Street Youth