Imagine not knowing where your next meal will come from or stretching out a meagre food cupboard that simply doesn’t provide adequate nourishment for your family

We live in the ‘lucky country’ where food is so abundant that we export more than half of what we grow and produce. And yet there are Australians who are unable to meet their basic food needs.

1 in 6 Australians report having experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months *

It is tragic for there to be hunger in third world countries due to crop failure, natural disaster or war, but it’s a scandal to have it in our own back yard when there is peace, prosperity and plenty of food to go around.

* There has been at least one time when they didn’t have enough food for themselves or their family and could not afford to buy more food.

 It’s not just people on the streets, it’s also people in your street … children at your school, single parents or elderly people struggling to manage after the loss of their spouse. It’s average Aussie families who are battling to make ends meet.

As Australians we subscribe to the belief of a fair go for all and, at Foodbank, we think that means being free from hunger. But there are 43,000 people every month who are turned away empty handed from food relief charities because of a lack of food and resources. Most shocking is that a third of those going without are children.

Foodbank believes we can, and must, set our sights on an Australia without hunger. It’s not an impossible dream but something well within our reach. It can be achieved if we all decide it’s important and commit to playing our part.

Foodbank Hunger Report

The Foodbank Hunger Report provides an annual snap shot of the problem of food insecurity in Australia. The 2016 report is a summary of two pieces of research undertaken amongst Foodbank stakeholders in the first half of the year.

The first was a survey of recipients of food relief from front line welfare agencies and community groups. This research was conducted online and face-to-face by Galaxy Research in February 2016 amongst a sample of 636 Australians (drawn from a total sample of 4,078) who had experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months. The second piece of research was the Foodbank Welfare Agency Survey. This was conducted between November 2015 and March 2016 amongst the welfare agencies and community groups sourcing food from Foodbank. 1,019 responses were received and analysis of the results were provided by Deloitte Access Economics.

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