Shouldn’t every Australian family have enough food to eat at Christmas?
Have you ever wondered if your income went to zero overnight would you cope? What sacrifices would you make to get by?
Renee and Grant are hardworking people raising four kids. But then a single incident turned their life upside down.
Grant suffered a terrible accident at work and couldn’t work for months. No work meant no income, which quickly meant no food.
Renee remembers the despair of not having enough food to feed her family.
“A single incident and our whole world came crashing down around us. I’m sure Grant and the kids don’t know this, but I would often lie and say, ‘I had a big lunch’ or something like that so they would eat my share, in truth we just didn’t have enough food.”
“One day I realised I had $50 to my name. It’s gut-wrenching knowing you don’t have enough money for food- especially at Christmas.” – Renee
I wish I could tell you that Renee’s story is rare, but it isn’t. In fact, 22% of Australian households have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. People often feel too embarrassed and ashamed to admit they need help. But there would be families, perhaps even on your street, doing it tough this Christmas.
It could be a neighbour, a relative or a friend that needs your help but hasn’t told you. Redundancies at work, unexpected medical bills or an accident like Grant had can mean there’s not enough money for food.
The cost of living continues to rise with no light at the end of the tunnel which is why your support today is so important.
Hunger doesn’t discriminate, nor do the situations that can quickly turn your weekly groceries into a luxury you can’t afford. Renee wanted me to stress that so many people are struggling but aren’t seeking help.
“There’s no shame in putting your hand up. It’s the Australian way to help people in need, but hunger can’t be a hidden problem. Everyone wants the best for their kids, and when you can’t provide the essentials like food it’s easy to feel like a failure.” – Renee
Please donate today and be as generous as you can. Just $40 will provide a family of four with enough food for an entire week.
With your help, we can make the festive season brighter for those going through tough times.
Gerry Andersen OAM
Foodbank NSW & ACT