Empty dreams, empty fridges 

That’s the reality for thousands of young Western Australians

Forget avocado toast and gap years. The reality for many young Western Australians is a daily battle against food insecurity. Soaring food prices and a brutal housing market are forcing them into a heartbreaking decision: rent or food? 

Beyond hunger pangs: a mental health crisis 

This isn’t just about tight wallets. It’s a growing public health issue. Young people who rely on cheaper processed food are 80% more likely to develop depression.  

We know a nutrient-dense diet reduces the risk of major depression by 35%. On the other hand processed foods increase the risk of symptoms by up to 60%. By providing access to affordable, nutritious food, we can make a real difference. 

The cost of living squeeze 

With one in four young Western Australians already struggling with mental health challenges, access to healthy food is crucial. But the rising cost of living is forcing many to prioritise rent over groceries. 

This shouldn’t be a choice. We have a nation with abundant food production – enough food to feed our entire population three times over. We waste 3.7 million tonnes of food annually while 388,000 households go hungry. We need to bridge this gap. 


Food insecurity: a barrier to opportunity

Food insecurity isn’t just about hunger; it’s a roadblock to a secure future. Young adults aged 25 to 34 are the fastest growing homeless demographic in Western Australia. By alleviating food stress, we can free up resources for that critical first step – a safe and secure place to live.  

When basic needs aren’t met, focusing on education, work or even health becomes incredibly difficult. Healthy food is more than fuel; it’s a foundation for physical and mental wellbeing. It’s a basic human right. 

Breaking the cycle, building a brighter future 

We tackle food insecurity by helping people make healthy choices that fit their budget. We do this in three ways: 

  • Making nutritious food affordable: We provide access to fresh, healthy groceries at a lower cost. 
  • Building mealtime skills: We equip individuals and families with the knowledge and skills to create delicious, budget-friendly and culturally appropriate meals.
  • Fighting for change: We advocate for strong government policies and community programs that address the reasons behind hunger in our communities. 

We believe everyone deserves access to healthy food – it’s a basic human right. But the need for food relief is rising fast.  

Demand has increased by 47%in the last two years but donations have only increased by 27%. We need your help to bridge this gap. 

Every dollar you donate today will provide two meals for those doing it tough. Together, we can make a real difference. Help us feed change for young Western Australians.

Let’s empower young people to make healthy choices