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dc.contributor.authorBooth, Sue
dc.contributor.authorBegley, Andrea
dc.contributor.authorMackintosh, Bruce
dc.contributor.authorKerr, Deborah A
dc.contributor.authorJancey, Jonine
dc.contributor.authorCaraher, Martin
dc.contributor.authorWhelan, Jillian
dc.contributor.authorPollard, Christina M
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-05T04:31:58Z
dc.date.available2018-10-05T04:31:58Z
dc.date.issued2018-06-27
dc.identifier.citationBooth, S., Begley, A., Mackintosh, B. et al., (2018). Gratitude, resignation and the desire for dignity: lived experience of food charity recipients and their recommendations for improvement, Perth, Western Australia. Public Health Nutrition, 21(15): 2831-2841.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1475-2727
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/38379
dc.descriptionThis is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
dc.description.abstractObjective: The present study explored recipients’ perceptions of food charity and their suggested improvements in inner-city Perth, Western Australia. Design: In-depth interviews were conducted with charitable food service (CFS) recipients. Transcripts were thematically analysed using a phenomenological approach. Setting: Interviews were conducted at two CFS in inner-city Perth. Subjects: Fourteen adults. Results: The recipients’ journeys to a reliance on CFS were varied and multifactorial, with poverty, medical issues and homelessness common. The length of time recipients had relied on food charity ranged from 8 months to over 40 years. Most were ‘grateful yet resigned’, appreciative of any food and resigned to the poor quality, monotony and their unmet individual preferences. They wanted healthier food, more variety and better quality. Accessing services was described as a ‘full-time job’ fraught with unreliable information and transport difficulties. They called for improved information and assistance with transport. ‘Eroded dignity’ resulted from being fed without any choice and queuing for food in public places, often in a volatile environment. ‘Food memories and inclusion’ reflected a desire for commensality. Recipients suggested services offer choice and promote independence, focusing on their needs both physical and social. Conclusions: Although grateful, long-term CFS recipients described what constitutes a voluntary failure. Their service improvement recommendations can help meet their nutritional and social needs. A successful CFS provides a food service that prioritises nutritious, good-quality food and individual need, while promoting dignity and social inclusion, challenging in the current Australian context.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by Healthway, the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation, who funded Curtin University to undertake this Special Research Initiative entitled ‘Charitable Food Services and the Needs of Homeless and Disadvantaged People’ (grant number 24266).en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.rights© The Authors 2018. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
dc.subjectcharitable food systemen_US
dc.subjectcharitable food servicesen_US
dc.subjectfood charityen_US
dc.subjectrecipient perspectiveen_US
dc.subjectfood insecurityen_US
dc.subjectnutritionen_US
dc.subjectvoluntary failureen_US
dc.titleGratitude, resignation and the desire for dignity: lived experience of food charity recipients and their recommendations for improvement, Perth, Western Australiaen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980018001428en_US
dc.rights.holder© The Authors 2018.en_US
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupPollard, Christina M: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4261-4601


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