It is tragic for there to be hunger in third world countries due to crop failure, natural disaster or war, but it’s a scandal to have it in our own backyard when there is peace, prosperity, and plenty of food to go around.
The issue of hunger in Australia is a largely hidden crisis going unnoticed, despite it’s growing nature.
* There has been at least one time when they didn’t have enough food for themselves or their family and could not afford to buy more food.
While our agencies provide food assistance to a diverse range of groups, including those struggling with unemployment, homelessness and substance abuse, the most common group they assist are individuals and families living on a low income (81%).
Foodbank believes we can, and must, set our sights on an Australia without hunger. It’s not an impossible dream but something well within our reach with your help.
The Foodbank Hunger Report is an annual snapshot of the hidden problem of food insecurity in Australia. This year’s report combines insights from charities and community groups across Australia providing food relief as well as individual Australians who experience food insecurity.
Two surveys were used to collect these insights. The first was the Foodbank Welfare Agency Survey which explored the charities and community groups that provide front-line food relief, their food provision activities, and the beneficiaries of their services.In its fifth year, this survey captured responses from 1,123 agencies between December 2017 and July 2017.The second survey was aimed at understanding the Australians who have experienced food insecurity in the late 12 months.
This is the second time Foodbank has conducted research amongst those directly affected by the issue of food insecurity. The aim of the survey was to understand the characteristics of these individuals, as well as the key drivers and resulting impacts of food insecurity on their lives. The survey identified 511 people who had experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. The survey was in the field from 31 July to 7 August.