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Poverty is not being without money, but being without hope.

Yes there are people suffering from hunger, but hunger is largely a hidden social problem and many victims suffer in silence. Despite almost two decades of economic growth, nearly a quarter of Australians still live in low economic resource households and 10% live in actual poverty. 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 in any given street. When bills have to be paid, food becomes a discretionary item.

Some statistics about the unlucky people in our lucky country:

  • 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.

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