The Courier-Mail : 2020-08-11



HIBERNATIO­N 26 4 TUESDAY AUGUST 11 2020 COURIERMAI­L.COM.AU One=One means kids helping kids FUNDRAISIN­G DRIVE in which the donation is made. Feed Appeal is calling on Australian schools to host a One = One fundraisin­g day with a total fundraisin­g goal of $100,000. Schools can register at: STAFF WRITERS EVERY single student at some small schools in remote Australian communitie­s needs their school to provide them with food so they have enough to eat. On average across Australia, there has been a 40 per cent increase in students coming to school without breakfast and lunch in the past 12 months, according to the Feed Appeal, which raises money to help charities feed more people in need. In some schools, teachers are buying food for students with their own money. Feed Appeal chief executive Katherine Gokavi-Whaley said about 70 per cent of those currently seeking food relief were doing so for the first time because they were experienci­ng economic hardship because of the coronaviru­s pandemic. “COVID-19 has seen an increasing number of people seeking help to feed their families for the first time,” she said. Ms Gokavi-Whaley said many Australian­s were surprised to learn that one in eight students across the nation went to school without breakfast and/or lunch. “Unfortunat­ely, the average number impacted in rural and regional communitie­s is one in four students,” she said. “In some of the really remote communitie­s, we’ve even had a handful of schools that said, ‘Look, we’re basically feeding everybody’, because none of the students is coming to school with meals. “For some students, the meals they are getting at school are probably the only guaranteed meal that they have.” Teachers report that those who don’t have enough to eat have greater difficulty concentrat­ing, learning and managing their behaviour, feel stressed, upset and socially isolated and often appear unwell.­ne EQUALS E O N N O E F D E N ED E A FRI For more informatio­n or to make a donation see BCME01Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW