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.
Young people are being hit the hardest by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
- 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.
The demand for food relief in Australia has increased.
- 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.
Food insecure Australians are experiencing increased mental health impacts
- 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.
- 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.