Fighting hunger in Queensland
Food insecurity is more common in Queensland than you may think. Put simply, food insecurity is the inability to put nutritious food on the table when it is needed.
Every month Foodbank Queensland provides food assistance to more than 200,000 Queenslanders, 22% of whom are children, via a network of over 250 frontline charities spread throughout the state.
Foodbank Queensland rescued over 14 million kilograms of food and groceries last year, the equivalent of more than 25 million meals, and it is still not enough. Frontline charities are struggling to meet the rising need for food relief in Queensland, turning away thousands of people each month.
The face of hunger is diverse. People of all genders, cultural backgrounds, ages, and family types experience hunger. For many, it only takes an emergency bill for necessities such as health care, home repayments or car, which results in a family going hungry. Other leading causes of hunger are job loss, low income and underemployment.
Every week, three in ten Queenslanders facing a hunger crisis go a whole day without eating at all.