Foodbank WA has launched its Rumbling Tummies Appeal in preparation for one of its busiest times of the year. The not-for-profit is currently seeking financial donations to purchase a regular supply of basic, every day foods, that are in high demand by the families seeking food charity.
Mr Hebble said that poverty and the high cost of living are the main reasons why parents are unable to purchase enough food and the situation only worsens in winter due, to the increased bills and other expenses this time of year.
“As the largest hunger relief organisation in the state, it’s our role to make sure that we have a enough of the right types of foods available in our warehouses every day, to alleviate the stress on parents that reach out for help. We know that seeking food charity is often the last resort, so we imagine not getting the food that you need when you do.”
Foodbank WA currently distributes more than 475,000 meals every month across Western Australia.
The bulk of the goods are donated from the food and grocery industry, which means that they have little control over the types of foods that they receive.
“Without a regular supply of key staple foods parents are forced to choose less nutritious foods or they will go without entire food groups this winter. Children are particularly at risk, as a poor diet impacts their ability to learn and can have lifelong impacts on their health.”
The nine key staple products that Foodbank WA need to purchase include: baked beans, spaghetti, tinned tomatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit, flour, pasta sauce, oats and canned soup.
Recent research into child hunger revealed 1 in 5 kids in Australia are living in food insecure households and have experienced hunger in the past 12 months.
“It’s hard to believe that children are going to school without breakfast, a packed lunch or money to buy food. Worse still, some are going an entire day without eating or go to bed without dinner. However this is the reality,” said Foodbank WA CEO, Greg Hebble.
“Until now we haven’t fully understood the scale of child hunger, primarily because the children who are suffering don’t have a voice and their parents are often overcome with feelings of guilt and shame for not being able to provide for their families.”
Mr Hebble said they have not yet been successful in securing government funding for its Key Staples Program, however they are continuing to seek support in the vicinity of $500,000 a year, to keep up with current demand.
In addition to is core hunger relief business, Foodbank runs the largest school breakfast program in the state providing a nutritious breakfast to more than 18,000 children every week, across 430 schools.