Report uncovers 'food deserts'

Low-income Tasmanian families are spending almost half their income on food, new research released today shows. 

The Tasmanian Food Access Research Coalition examined the level of access residents of Dorset and Clarence municipalities have to food. 

Its report, released today, found some were living in ''food deserts" with no food outlets in their area while 6.6 per cent had gone without food due to a lack of money in the last 12 months. 

Premier Lara Giddings said the report reflected challenges experienced by all low-income Tasmanians and announced $270,000 in extra emergency relief funding. 

The money will be used to provide 4400 healthy food hampers to those in need during the Christmas period.

“The TFARC report shows that food security concerns are very real, particularly for low-income households,’’ Ms Giddings said.

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