The “INSEGALM – Study on the Characterization of Poverty and Domestic Food Insecurity of Families with School-aged Children” is a research project funded by the Technical Assistance Operational Program of the European Social Fund (POAT-ESF) and the Portuguese State in progress at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL).
This study seeks to make a diagnosis of domestic food insecurity situations and how the food consumption of children and their families is being affected by current socio-economic constraints (ex. unemployment, reduced household incomes and cuts in social support of the State).
Specifically, the specific objectives of this project are:
- Identify transformations in the organization of family expenses with food;
- To analyze some feeding practices of children and their families and to identify recent changes in eating habits and routines;
- Identify and characterize domestic food insecurity situations among the reporting population, households facing these challenges, how they are being affected, and the alternatives they encounter to achieve basic consumption (eg gardening, IPSS access , the Food Bank, family solidarity, neighbors and other support networks);
- Study community-based public support programs and other initiatives to combat food poverty and estimate their impact on the population under review;