“In the last year, 1.2 million households experienced food insecurity across our state and territory – over a third of all NSW & ACT households and 105,000 more than in 2022. The situation is worsening, but here in NSW & ACT, communities are also bracing for an imminent bushfire season, placing many of these already food insecure households in an incredibly vulnerable and frightening position.”
– John Robertson, CEO, Foodbank NSW & ACT
At Foodbank NSW & ACT, we have seen the devasting impacts of natural disasters in our communities. During last year’s floods, a quarter of our community struggled to put food on the table.
Thanks to the support of our partners, donors and volunteers, we were able to step up and provide essential food and supplies to affected areas as part of the official emergency response network. To date, we have distributed over 160,000 emergency hampers to communities in crisis, going to any lengths necessary to get food, water and personal care to those who need it most.
Right now, we’re bracing for another devasting bushfire season. We already have 2,500 emergency hampers packed and ready to distribute to impacted areas, but as food insecurity affects more people than ever before, we need our response to be faster than ever.
That is why we are advocating on behalf of our communities for the NSW Government to write us into the official state-wide emergency planning group to allow us to get vital food to disaster-stricken communities when they need it most.
And with your support, we can continue to deliver vital food on the ground to all communities through disaster and beyond. Thank you.
If you or someone you know needs support, please visit our Find Food portal so we can connect you to a Foodbank community partner in your area.