Foodbank staff


We were overwhelmed by your incredible response to our appeal in the aftermath of COVID-19.

In the space of one week, Foodbank received a 50% increase in demand for food relief. Prior to this, thousands of people were already missing out – we did not have enough for more than 373,000 people in NSW and ACT who needed urgent hunger relief. Now we are facing a whole new hunger crisis on an unprecedented scale.

Our first action in the response plan was to escalate the sourcing, packing and delivering food hampers to unprecedented levels. To achieve this, we needed to source more food urgently, as panic buying had stripped shelves bare. We also had to employ emergency labour, as our volunteer workforce was significantly impacted by COVID-19. The people we could normally call upon were unavailable – working from home, laid off or in isolation.

Thanks to you, in a short space of time, we have been able to help so many Australians. We have packed and distributed 9,800 hampers – that’s around 118 tonnes of product.

Foodbank will continue to pack hampers to meet demand, and for as long as is needed. This is an ongoing crisis with an uncertain future.

We are so grateful for your continued support in putting food on the table for hungry Australians.