With 15% of the population experiencing food insecurity at some point every year, Foodbank and Woolworths are appealing to Inverell residents to support its national public appeal and help meet the rise in need for food assistance over the winter period.
Woolworths Inverell store manager Kim Fenton encouraged locals to add a $2 Winter Meal Token to their shop. The tokens are available from Wednesday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 24.
“100% of funds raised will go directly to Foodbank which offers a vital community service, helping to feed Australians in need,” she said.
“Each $2 donation will help Foodbank provide four warming meals to those in need this winter.”
The 2018 Foodbank Rumbling Tummies report found that more than one in five children in Australia have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months, with 652,000 Australians seeking food relief via Foodbank each month.
Over 1.3 million meals were provided per month to NSW residents, however many are still going without, with an additional one million meals required every month to meet demand.
“Our Winter Appeal at Woolworths is helping families at a time when it is most needed,” Foodbank Australia’s CEO Brianna Casey said.
“At this time of the year, we have families struggling to make ends meet, with meal-skipping becoming standard practice, particularly for parents. With 40% of food insecure households families with dependent children, it’s crucial that we do more to get food on their dining tables.
“This Appeal provides us with an opportunity to remind Australians about the ongoing hunger issues which affects so many families, individuals and children, at the same time as securing additional food to assist them.
Woolworths has partnered with Foodbank for more than 16 years and donates on average more than 1 million kilograms of fresh, ambient and household products yearly to help the organisation fight hunger in Australia.
Foodbank provides 67 million meals each year to vulnerable Australians. They are Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, acting as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry.
Rumbling Tummy report findings
- One in three parents living in food insecure households disclosed that their children go hungry at least once a month.
- Parents living in food insecure households reported that their children experienced the following at least once a week: 18% go to school without eating breakfast, 15% go to school without a packed lunch or lunch money and 11% go to bed without eating any dinner.
- More than one in five children in Australia have experienced hunger in the last 12 months, and it is more likely for a child to go hungry in Australia than it is for an adult in 2018.