Foodbank releases 2020 Hunger Report

Our partner Foodbank has released its annual Hunger Report for 2020. The report gives an annual view of the state of food insecurity in Australia. Despite Australia's reputation as a wealthy country, food insecurity is a reality for an increasing number of people.

Key insights from the Hunger Report 2020

People are experiencing food insecurity for the first time due to COVID-19. 
  • Three in ten Australians (30%) who had not gone hungry before the pandemic are now experiencing food insecurity. 
  • Charities have seen two completely new food insecure groups emerging as a result of the pandemic: the casual workforce and international students. 
Young people are being hit the hardest by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 65% of Generation Z (aged 18-25) are unable to afford enough food at least once a week. A large proportion of this age group are casual workers in industries that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 such as retail, trade and accommodation. 
The demand for food relief in Australia has increased. 
  • 31% of Australian’s who already experience food insecurity at least once a week are seeking assistance from charities more frequently, up from 15% in 2019.
  • Those Australians who struggled with finding food before the pandemic are now going hungry more often with 43% going a whole day every week without eating.
Food insecure Australians are experiencing increased mental health impacts
  • More than half of food insecure Australians (53%) say they have experienced a decline in their mental health since COVID-19 began.  

Food insecurity and the staggering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulberable Australians continues to prove a significant issue. As such, we contunue to support our partner Foodbank through doubling our support of the collaborative pack program. Click here to read the full 2020 Foodbank Hunger Report.
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