$2 well spent!
An astounding one in five Australian kids have experienced food insecurity at some point in the past year, but your small act of generosity can help keep them fed this winter.
Foodbank and Woolworths are appealing to Orange residents to support its national public appeal and help meet the rise in need for food assistance over the winter period.
Until July 24, Woolworths customers in Orange can add a $2 Foodbank token donation to their shop at the checkout, with 100 percent of funds raised going to Foodbank to deliver more food and groceries at a time of year when families most desperately need it.
“At this time of the year, we have families struggling to make ends meet, with meal-skipping becoming standard practice, particularly for parents,” said Foodbank Australia’s CEO Brianna Casey.
“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 North Orange and Woolworths Orange Group Manager, Shannon Johnson encouraged our customers to add the $2 Winter Meal Token to their shop.
“One hundred percent of funds raised will go directly to Foodbank, which offers a vital community service, helping to feed Australians in need. Each $2 donation will help Foodbank provide four warming meals to those in need this winter,” Mr. Johnson said.
Woolworths has partnered with Foodbank for more than 16 years and donates on average more than 1 million kilograms of fresh, ambient and household products yearly to help the organisation fight hunger in Australia
With help from its food and grocery partners like Woolworths, Foodbank provides 67 million meals each year to vulnerable Australians.
Foodbank is Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, acting as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry.
Rumbling Tummy Report Findings
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.
Over 1.3 million meals were provided per month to NSW residents, unfortunately however, many are still going without, with an additional one million meals required every month to meet demand.
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 percent go to school without eating breakfast, 15 percent go to school without a packed lunch or lunch money and 11 percent go to bed without eating any dinner.
More than 1 in 5 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.
If just one in every ten Woolworths shoppers in Orange alone remembered to do this, image the difference it would make. I’ll certainly be trying to remember.