Stats on Hunger
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. More than 4 million Australians (18%) have experienced food insecurity in the last 18 months– around 22% of them are children.
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 categorized 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 Foodbank Hunger Report 2018, in the last twelve months 2017 - 2018 there has been an increase from 46% to 51% of food insecure Australians seeking food relief, that is a total of 384 000 people.