Thousands face hunger without our help
WA chief executive Greg Hebble says hunger is on the rise nationally.
In the past year, 3.6million people reported having experienced food insecurity and every month, Foodbank agencies all over Australia helped 652,000 with food relief.
Of those people, 27% were children (216,000).
And sadly, 65,000 people are turned away every month because of food shortages (14,600 of these are children).
For those most in need of comfort at Christmas, Mr Hebble said, a donation of $40, $50 or $100 would provide 40, 100 and 200 meals respectively.
“Financial pressures create difficult choices, such as choosing between paying bills, keeping a roof over your head or buying food,” he said.
“Many go without breakfast, lunch and dinner, or turn to family and friends for help.
“Reaching out for food charity is often the last resort.”
Mr Hebble shared an email from Jennifer, a struggling single mum who reached out to Foodbank for help.
“I’ve never done this before, so I’m not sure if I’m asking for help in the right place,” she said.
“But I am seeking help in getting some food for my children.
“The bills have all piled up and come in at once.
“With nappies, wet wipes and formula to buy, I am lucky to have $70 left to do a full week’s shopping.
“It is breaking my heart knowing that I won’t be able to buy my children any gifts this Christmas and I don’t know how I am going to explain to them on Christmas morning why Santa didn’t bring them anything.
“I cry just thinking about it.”
Mr Hebble said
Jennifer’s case was all too common and Foodbank needed people’s generosity w to provide a million meals to hungry West Australians.
You can leave non-perishable food not past its use-by date in the giving box at Claremont Quarter, or take it to Foodbank, 23 Abbott
Road, Perth Airport.
Christmas for many people is a time of food insecurity and distress.