The rising cost of living is pushing 3.6 million Australians into food insecurity each year, forcing everyday Australians to choose between paying their bills or feeding themselves or their families. 

We live in the ‘lucky country’ where food is so abundant that we export more than half of what we grow and produce. And yet there are Australians who are unable to meet their basic food needs.

3.6 million Australians report being food insecure in the last 12 months *

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.

Our research found that almost half (48%) of food insecure Australians are employed in some way, whether it be full-time, part-time, or casually.

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%).

As Australians we subscribe to the belief of a fair go for all and, at Foodbank, we think that means being free from hunger. But there are 65,000 people every month who are turned away empty-handed from food relief charities because of a lack of food and resources.

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.

Foodbank Hunger Report 2017

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.

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