Northam in need of 1,700 additional meals a month for Foodbank

Foodbank and Woolworths are appealing to Avon Valley residents to support its national public appeal and help meet the rise in need for food assistance over the winter period.

For the Northam area, Foodbank is still in need of 1,722 meals per month.

The 2018 Foodbank Rumbling Tummies report found that more than one in five children in Australia have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months, with 652,000 Australians seeking food relief via Foodbank each month.

Nearly 600,000 meals were provided per month to Western Australian residents, unfortunately however, many are still going without, with an additional 420,000 meals required every month to meet demand.

From July 11 to July 24, Woolworths customers in Avon Valley can add a $2 Foodbank token donation to their shop, with funds going to Foodbank to deliver more food and groceries at a time of year when families most desperately need it.

Foodbank Australia’s CEO Brianna Casey, said the winter appeal is helping families at a time when it is most needed.

“At this time of the year, we have families struggling to make ends meet, with meal-skipping becoming standard practice, particularly for parents,” Ms Casey said.

“With 40-per-cent of food insecure households families with dependent children, it’s crucial that we do more to get food on their dining tables.

“This appeal provides us with an opportunity to remind Australians about the ongoing hunger issues which affects so many families, individuals and children, at the same time as securing additional food to assist them.”

Woolworths Northam Store Manager, Hamish Briggs said he encourages customers to add a $2 Winter Meal Token to their shop.

Rumbling Tummy Report Findings

  • One in three parents living in food insecure households disclosed that their children go hungry at least once a month.
  • Parents living in food insecure households reported that their children experienced the following at least once a week: 18-per-cent go to school without eating breakfast, 15-per-cent go to school without a packed lunch or lunch money and 11-per-cent go to bed without eating any dinner.
  • More than one in five children in Australia have experienced hunger in the last 12 months, and it is more likely for a child to go hungry in Australia than it is for an adult in 2018.