Foodbank asks Beaudesert shoppers for help feeding families

HUNGER BUSTERS: A two dollar token can provide four meals for the needy.
HUNGER BUSTERS: A two dollar token can provide four meals for the needy.

WITH 15 per cent of the population experiencing food insecurity at some point every year, Foodbank and Woolworths are appealing to Beaudesert residents to support its national public appeal and help meet the rise in need for food assistance over the winter period.

The 2018 Foodbank Rumbling Tummies report found that more than one in five children in Australia have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months, with 652,000 Australians seeking food relief via Foodbank each month. Nearly two million meals were provided per month to Queensland residents, unfortunately however, many are still going without, with an additional one million meals required every month to meet demand.

From July 11 to July 24, Woolworths customers in Beaudesert can add a $2 Foodbank token donation to their shop, with 100 per cent of funds raised going to Foodbank to deliver more food and groceries at a time of year when families most desperately need it.

Foodbank Australia’s CEO Brianna Casey, said the Winter Appeal at Woolworths is helping families at a time when it is most needed.

“At this time of the year, we have families struggling to make ends meet, with meal-skipping becoming standard practice, particularly for parents,” she said.

“With 40 per cent of food insecure households families with dependent children, it’s crucial that we do more to get food on their dining tables.

“This appeal provides us with an opportunity to remind Australians about the ongoing hunger issues which affects so many families, individuals and children, at the same time as securing additional food to assist them.”

Woolworths Beaudesert Store Manager, Carissa Toohey urged shoppers to chip in.

“We encourage our customers to add a $2 Winter Meal Token to their shop, and 100% of funds raised will go directly to Foodbank which offers a vital community service, helping to feed Australians in need, she said.

“Each $2 donation will help Foodbank provide four warming meals to those in need this winter.”

The campaign has been running for more than 16 years and donated on average more than 1 million kilograms of fresh, ambient and household products yearly to help the organisation fight hunger in Australia. Foodbank can provide a meal to an Australian in need for 50 cents - so each donation of $2 will help provide four nourishing meals.

Foodbank is Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, acting as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry.  Last year Foodbank distributed the equivalent of 67 million meals (183,000 meals a day) to more than 2,400 charities and 1,750 schools.

Rumbling Tummy Report Findings

●     One in three parents living in food insecure households disclosed that their children go hungry at least once a month.

●     Parents living in food insecure households reported that their children experienced the following at least once a week: 18 per cent go to school without eating breakfast, 15 per cent go to school without a packed lunch or lunch money and 11 per cent go to bed without eating any dinner.

●     More than one in five children in Australia have experienced hunger in the last 12 months – it is more likely for a child to go hungry in Australia than it is for an adult in 2018.