The headline in today’s print edition of the Sun-Herald said it all: ‘Hungry Australians turn to charity to feed children’.
As the article went on to explain, “One in five Australians say they ran out of food at least once in the past year and were unable to buy more, according to a new report, with food charities pointing to an alarming 22 per cent spike in people seeking emergency food supplies.”
“Food charity Foodbank says the drought, rising costs of living and the low level of Newstart are among factors fuelling the increase in people seeking help. The charity is calling on the Morrison government to take urgent action to provide more assistance to hungry Australians.”
The news came as a result of the latest Foodbank Hunger Report 2019 which has just been released. One its leading concerns was that “a quarter of Australian women have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months”. The report can be read in full here.
You can also read the article in a link to the image below:
Addison Road Community Centre Organisation has seen the numbers of people coming to our Food Pantry – the ‘food rescue and food security’ supermarket we run at our premises in Marrickville – double in the last twelve months. We are are now feeding 1,300 families across the Inner West every week. And the need is continuing to grow.
Foodbank NSW & ACT are one of Addison Road Community Organisation’s partners and we are very proud of our working relationship with them. We will also soon be launching our own War on Waste / WOW! Food Inner West Campaign to further engage local businesses in donating excess stock and groceries to our Food Pantry rather than see it wasted, especially when so many individuals and families are going hungry.
It’s a sad fact that over this last financial year Addi Road’s Food Pantry saved 60 tonnes of perfectly good food from going to landfill. We encourage business and individuals to join us. More on our War on our Waste /WOW! Food Inner West campaign here.
For those of you in need – or wanting to help us prevent waste, the new opening hours for Food Pantry run below.