Food and Drinks

Foodbank reveals Australia’s growing food insecurity crisis

A shocking new report by one of Australia’s most prominent social charities shows that 3.7 million Australian families are either hungry or at risk of becoming so, according to the report.

Foodbank Australia’s 2023 Hunger Report states that more than one-third of households experienced food insecurity over the last 12 months, and 48% of the population now struggle to access enough food.

Food insecurity means sending your child to school early with an empty lunchbox and a grumbling stomach because you have been forced to choose between paying rent and buying food this week,” Foodbank Australia’s chief executive Brianna Cassy said.

“Food insecurity” is when you are a pensioner living alone at home and convince yourself that eating three meals per day is an unnecessary luxury. Two – or one meal will do.

Seventy-seven percent of these households also experienced food insecurity, and three million people fell from the category of food secure to that of food insecure.

Ms Casey stated that the number of households experiencing chronic food insecurity has remained stable at 750,000.

The report states that by the end of the year, half the country may have “some degree of difficulty” accessing food.

The report states that rising interest rates and cost of living pressures are key factors driving Australians to insecurity. Seventy-nine percent of respondents cite cost increases as their greatest challenge.

One respondent said, “The last time I didn’t have enough money to feed my family, I got creative in the cooking for the children and didn’t even eat for myself.”

One respondent stated that the family had to resort to canned foods when they ran out of basic food items like bread, milk, and fruit.

The Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine have caused inflation shocks around the globe. Central banks have responded to this by increasing interest rates.

Both forces tend towards reducing the average purchasing power of consumers.

According to the report, 94 percent of Australians affected by the crisis have changed their grocery spending in the last 12 months. Sixty-two percent have changed their housing spending and 58 % their energy spending.

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