Foodbank is here for the long haul as the drought persists
It may be raining in some towns, but in many more, not one drop of rain has fallen and the drought is far from over. One year ago, the Australian public rallied behind farming communities struggling with the devastation of the ongoing drought. Whilst the drought has broken in some parts, conditions have worsened dramatically in others.
Foodbank has unique insights into the impact of drought from two perspectives – firstly through the voices of rural and regional charities and schools who are increasingly reliant on our support; and secondly through shortages of some of our most important food items, from rice, milk and meat to breakfast cereals, fruit and veggies.
We are proud to have nurtured wonderful relationships with our farming communities. In fact, in good seasons, our farmers are among our most generous donors, regularly donating their produce – both perfect and imperfect – to help fight hunger in Australia. That’s why we are so determined to return that generosity. Our rural and regional communities need us now more than ever, and we are acutely aware of the need for support to be provided to those in crisis throughout the drought recovery period and beyond.
Foodbank is but one part in a much wider effort from many charities and organisations working collaboratively to provide the most effective and efficient relief to affected communities. We know that the impacts of drought are felt well beyond the farm gate, and Foodbank is here for you all. We are working closely with the National Farmers’ Federation, Country Women’s Association, support agencies and our charity network across drought-affected regions to identify what additional support is required in terms of food and grocery relief.
We are also keenly focused on rural mental health and wellbeing, not just for those directly affected, but also for those supporting our farmers and rural communities through one of the toughest periods they’ve ever had to face. It’s okay not to be okay, and we encourage you to reach out to one of the support services below if you or someone you know needs support.
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
By harnessing our terrific relationships across the food and grocery sector, our established partnerships and the community’s ongoing support, we will continue to provide ongoing food and grocery assistance. Whether it be food or personal care items, Foodbank is here to make sure families feel supported throughout, and we assure you, we’re right here with you for the long haul.