Foodbank NSW & ACT has welcomed the Prime Minster, Scott Morrison’s announcement that Foodbank Australia’s funding for the Key Staples Program will be reinstated to its former level, after notification the funds would be cut six weeks before Christmas.
This funding will allow the Foodbank Key Staples Program to continue to deliver essential foods such as rice, pasta, cereal fruit and vegetables to vulnerable Australians, however with demand for food relief outstripping supply, the reinstated funding does not cover the shortfall of food still needed.
The Foodbank Hunger Report 2018, recently revealed that a shocking four million Australians (18 per cent of the population) have experienced the uncertainty of where their next meal will come from. Foodbank’s Rumbling Tummies report, also confirmed that 1 in 5 Australian children have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. Both reports confirmed that the situation is getting worse each year.
The rising statistics are a startling reminder the ongoing – and often hidden – impact of food insecurity facing Australians. The report revealed 56 per cent of Australians were forced to either cut down on the size of their meals, while 54 per cent are skipping a meal at least once a week.
Currently, more than 33 per cent of all food and grocery items distributed by Foodbank NSW & ACT annually goes to rural and regional areas. However, with the drought placing enormous strain on a number of vulnerable families in regional and rural Australia, the need for assistance continues to increase.
“Food insecurity has a significant impact on quality of life and can leave many Australians feeling isolated and unable to reach out to friends and family when times get tough. Simple things such as having access to small luxuries like toiletries and tea or coffee, can make a tangible difference. Our friends in the bush need us more than ever at the moment which is why we are working hard to get useful and necessary items to the regions.
“Unfortunately, despite helping over 167,000 people each month, providing over 20 million meals annually, is not always enough,” says Gerry.
“We’re determined to do all we can to end hunger in Australia, ensuring no Aussie child, family or individual is left with the uncertainty and stress of sourcing their next meal.”
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CEO, Foodbank NSW & ACT