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Even though restrictions have eased, the COVID-19 nightmare continues for many people impacted by job losses and increased hardship. Australia is now in its first recession in 29 years. The staggering 50% increase in demand for food relief in recent months does not seem likely to decline any time soon.

Charity Partner Lana Borg from Mama Lana’s says that currently between 80 to 100 people seek their help each night. Linda Strickland of Hawkesbury Helping Hands has witnessed a leap from 300-400 to over 2,000 people a week at their centre for food relief. “The Salvation Army came from Katoomba to pick up food; 90% of the guys up there have lost their jobs. Most of the stories are heart breaking and many days I can hardly hold it together.” she said.

Paul joined Foodbank as a volunteer after losing his corporate job because he wanted to have ‘a purpose’. He confided that after giving his time at Foodbank and witnessing the scale of the food relief operation that “the number of people that need this type of help is frightening.”

“Foodbank has been involved in disaster response and recovery for decades; cyclones, floods and, of course, the unprecedented bushfires last summer. We know recovery takes months, even years,” said CEO Gerry Andersen.

Thanks to your support, Foodbank can be there for the thousands of Australians who continue to need our help. Thank you.

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