2016 Foodbank Hunger Report on food insecurity out today
The 2016 Foodbank Hunger Report will be launched today at Foodbank SA's warehouse and head office on Cross Road, Edwardstown.
The report examines food insecurity and its impact on people's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Food insecurity exists when people do not have access to enough food for an active, healthy life.
It also examines the work of agencies that provide front-line food relief services.
The State Government is committed to helping Foodbank to deliver its services, which ensure people who are most in need in South Australia don't go hungry.
Funding of $1 million has been provided to Foodbank to support its food hub at Bowden, and to open three new food hubs at Port Pirie, Elizabeth and Edwardstown.
Foodbank has also received government grants totalling $115,000 over the past two years to purchase a refrigerated truck and warehouse equipment as well as provide important training to its volunteers.
Foodbank is a non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. It has a presence in every state and the Northern Territory, and acts as a conduit between the food industry's surplus food and the welfare sector's need.
Without Foodbank, much of this food would simply go to landfill. The food collected by Foodbank feeds on average 88,000 people a day.
The 2016 Hunger Report found that 1 in 6 Australians experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months, and that 2015 saw an 8% increase in the number of people seeking food relief.
The most common reason people experience food insecurity is that they simply don't have enough money to buy food, or because of unexpected expenses or large bills.
Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Zoe Bettison said:
Food insecurity can happen quickly and, as the report demonstrates, affects many people across our community. Food relief gives practical assistance and can help turn people's lives around.
Food relief also provides longer-term benefits, such as improved physical health and emotional wellbeing, which helps people plan for the future with confidence.