Affordability and accessibility of healthy food for children - Position statement

Two out of five households in New Zealand struggle to afford good food. Healthy food supports a healthy heart and wellbeing, so it is important to work out ways of ensuring families have access to healthy food.

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It is a priority for the Heart Foundation to support healthier eating for children/tamariki and families/whanau. However, healthier eating will be difficult to achieve when so many families in New Zealand struggle to afford and access the food their family needs. Statistics show that two-out-of-five households in New Zealand experience food poverty. 1 Food poverty occurs when people do not have assured access to affordable, acceptable and healthy food, usually because of insufficient income  2 • For one-in-fourteen households, it is so severe they must rely on other people, grants or food banks to acquire the food they need.1