COVID-19, and the resulting mass unemployment being experienced across the country has been the catalyst in the exponential increase in food insecurity. Foodbank is in urgent need of funding to source key staple foods that don't come in sufficient quantities via traditional rescue channels. This will enable Foodbank to provide a sustainable supply in a variety of essential foods that are nutritious and convenient for vulnerable Australians during these extraordinary and unprecedented times.
COVID19 and the resulting widespread financial hardship experienced across the country has been a key catalyst in the rise of demand for food relief in Australia (47%). More than a quarter (28%) of those experiencing food insecurity have never faced it prior to the pandemic, whilst 43% of food insecure Australians are going a whole day without eating. Foodbank has had to upscale our operations to a capacity we never have before to provide critical foods for those in need of food relief.
Funding will be directed to Foodbank's Key Staples Program, which will enable us to provide a consistent and sustainable supply in a variety of essential foods that are nutritious and convenient for those in need during these extraordinary times. This includes foods and products such as cereal, milk, canned vegetables, pasta, meal bases, rice and meat. We will be able to source these critical foods that don't come in sufficient quantities via traditional rescue channels.
Given the current environment, Foodbank proudly provides food relief to more than 815,000 people per month and will continue to do so for as long as they need it! Moreover, our services do not only address people's immediate nutrition needs but also contribute to improvements in their health, emotional well-being, sense of self-worth, social relationships and ultimately overall standard of living.