Today, the link between food and poverty shows an increasingly striking paradox: on the one hand an excess of consumers, on the other a growing share of the population that is unable to eat regularly and in a healthy way. In recent years, the global economic crisis has widened the gap between those who access food and those who are excluded, highlighting new scenarios regarding the nexus of nutrition, social classes and health, starting from the new forms of pov-erty that are affecting western countries.
The essay analyses the link between food poverty and health starting from the results of an empirical research on the beneficiaries of national measures to fight poverty in Tuscany. The main aim of the essay is to understand the implications of food poverty in terms of people’s health condition and psycho-physical well-being.
Keywords: Povertà; povertà alimentare; salute; benessere; politiche di contrasto; Toscana.