Listen: Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO John Robertson tells Hope Afternoons Ben McEachen the most stark statistic from the Foodbank Hunger Report 2021 is that 1.2 million Australian children are living without enough food
Sadly, the Foodbank Hunger Report 2021 has uncovered that one in three Australians who are struggling to meet their food needs “had never experienced food insecurity prior to the pandemic”.
But there is a way to help. Hope 103.2 has, once again, partnered with Foodbank NSW & ACT for our Unite in Hope 2021 Appeal, in order to support those who have continued to support us through what has been an overwhelming and tough past two years.
Foodbank NSW & ACT’s CEO, John Robertson says the report highlights that the pandemic continues to deliver challenges that are exacerbating pre-existing issues in our community.
“The issue of putting food on the table in Australia has never been more prominent than it is right now. The report highlights that food insecurity is no longer restricted to the ‘obvious’ vulnerability groups in the community who were already struggling before COVID-19, such as the homeless and the unemployed,” Mr Robertson said.
“The key findings in this report are indeed confronting, but we can’t fix a problem we don’t understand or acknowledge. Although Foodbank is now providing food relief to a record one million people a month across the country, we know many experiencing hardship feel there are others worse off and don’t ask for help. That is heartbreaking to know, and if there is one thing I can stress, it’s that there is no shame in asking for help, and in fact, it’s exactly what we’re here for. Life happens to us all, and we’re here for everyone.”
About Foodbank NSW & ACT
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief charity, providing approximately 70 per cent of food assistance to individuals and families across NSW & the ACT. They partner with over 1000 charity partners and schools to distribute food to those facing hardship, with 373,173 people receiving food assistance each month. Foodbank NSW & ACT works closely with the Australian food and grocery industry, farmers, wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers to source stock that does not meet retail standards or is excess product. In addition, they collaborate with suppliers and transport companies to source key staple foods such as meat, pasta, noodle, rice and grain that don’t come in sufficient quantities via rescue channels.
Give a Gift of $365 to Unite in Hope
and a family in need will receive a hamper from Foodbank NSW & ACT
When you support Hope 103.2 through our Unite in Hope 2021 Appeal, you won’t just be keeping your station on-air and online, you will also be giving a food hamper to a family in need this Christmas.
Thanks to a generous supporter of both Hope 103.2 and Foodbank NSW & ACT, for every gift of $365, a much-needed food hamper will be given to a family without food this Christmas!
Alanna was helped out by Foodbank when she had to take in five children, who unexpectedly lost their father. Without Alanna’s support, the children would have been divided into foster homes. So, with three kids of her own, she credited Foodbank’s assistance in helping her provide enough food for eight kids.
Listen: Alanna shared about her personal experience with Foodbank on Hope Breakfast with Ally Barnes
Download a copy of the Foodbank Hunger Report 2021 NSW & ACT