A bitter winter of relentless we’ve ever experienced,” Mr. Godinho said.is driving an unprecedented number of charities to request food relief for their communities, according to FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho. “More charities than before are approaching us for meals. It is the biggest individual spike
Acknowledging that worn-out Aussies have already given generously to many causes during the, bushfires, and floods, he said the annual Feed Appeal fundraiser was nearly one million meals short of its three-million-meals target with only four days to go. Just 50 cents at any Woolworths until June 29 provides a nutritious meal to someone in need.
“A small donation by rounding up to the nearest dollar will help our most vulnerable, including the elderly,, children, and the isolated, to access a nourishing meal,” Mr. Godinho said. “It’s a small gesture with a big impact. With Melbourne having just come out of lockdown and the , it shows how easily Australians’ livelihoods and freedoms can be affected, putting massive pressure on family budgets and sending businesses to the brink.”
Five million Australians are expected to experience food insecurity — i.e., not knowing where their next meal will come from — and its associated impacts on mental and physical health this. The Hunger experiencing food insecurity in 2020 had never experienced it before Covid-19. The proportion of food-insecure Australians seeking food relief doubled between 2019 and 2020 from 15 percent to 31 percent.
Young Australians suffer more than any other group, with 65 percent of food-insecure Gen Zs (aged 18-25) going hungry at least once a week. Charities report that the demand for food relief has increased on average by 47 percent. Shocked by queues of people waiting for food relief at the height of the pandemic, health researcher Rebecca Winter said she donated to the Feed Appeal because of concerns about disadvantaged Australians continuing to struggle, including those unable to work, migrants, international students, low-income earners, the socially isolated and.
“With JobKeeper payments ended, the Feed Appeal is needed more than ever. Food is often the first sacrifice when people struggle to make ends meet.” The mum of two donated via her local Woolworths thisand said the purchase roundup was a simple way to help.
“The pandemic has shown the fragile nature of theto rely on in life, including food, shelter, and employment,” she said. Woolworths community general manager Peter O’Sullivan said supporting people in need in communities nationwide was more important than ever. “Food insecurity is a genuine issue,” Mr. O’Sullivan said.
“We’re encouraging customers to donate to the Feed Appeal thethey shop with us by simply rounding up their purchase at the checkout. Just 50 cents means a meal can be placed in the hands of a needy Aussie.”
The annual Feed Appeal partnership between FareShare and News Corp Australia raises funds for grants to community charities feeding people in need while supporting FareShare’s free, nutritious meal supply to charities on the frontline of food insecurity. To donate, visit feedappeal.org.au or purchase at your local Woolworths store until June 29.