Dear Hornsby Connect Inc,
On Sunday, we released the 2018 Foodbank Hunger Report and as a friend of Foodbank NSW & ACT, I wanted to inform you of the results.
I am disappointed to say that the report does not deliver good news. An alarming 4 million Australians experienced some form of food insecurity in the past 12 months, with 76% of these regularly eating less than they need because they lack the money or resources to obtain food.
The crisis is even worse in regional and remote areas – with people living in the country 33% more likely to go hungry than those living in capital and major cities. More than 1.5 million Australians living in regional and remote areas experienced food insecurity during the past 12 months. This is even before the full effects of the current drought are factored in.
Despite our best efforts in NSW and the ACT – distributing enough food for almost 1.7 million meals each month – charities report they need 34% more food to meet the total demand. Sadly, in NSW and the ACT, 6,629 people seeking food relief are unable to be assisted each month.
How many Australians need to be going hungry before we see real action? I urge you to support our calls for a long-term, bipartisan, whole of government Food Security Strategy and get behind our #BigProblem campaign on social media.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our work, it really is vital and means so much to the people we are able to assist.
Gerry Andersen OAM
CEO, Foodbank NSW & ACT