Poverty is not being without money, but being without hope
The statistics below perpetually motivate us to help those who feel hopeless.
Hunger, along with poverty, continues to be a very real problem.
In Australia, millions of people have experienced food insecurity in the past year alone. The prices of essentials like food, health, education, housing, utilities and transport have climbed so much in recent years that people who are already struggling are susceptible to sudden bill shock and financial disadvantage. The current economic climate means people are turning to charity who would never have dreamed of seeking such support in the past. So it’s not just traditionally vulnerable groups such as the homeless seeking food relief, but also the aged, single parents and the working poor.
Children, a casual worker or an elderly couple could be going hungry anywhere, anytime. When bills have to be paid, food becomes a discretionary item.
Some statistics to consider:
4 million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months
3 out of 4 of these people are categorised as having very low food security
Children represent 22% of all food insecure Australians
Charities are experiencing an alarming increase in demand. According to the latest Foodbank Hunger Report, 2020 saw 31% of Australians experiencing food insecurity seek food assistance at least once per week. That's twice as many as reported for 2019.
The good news is that you can help us feed those in need!
Through donations, event bookings and volunteer efforts, we're able to provide meals and a place of community for thousands of New South Wales residents.
The heart of OBK is volunteers like you. No matter what stage of life or age, you're always welcome here.
Every dollar helps feed people in need. Your contributions keep the kitchen running, and help us make 250,000 meals per year.