For most of us, hunger relief conjures up images of developing nations, but in fact Australia has a hidden hunger problem. 18% of Australians go hungry at some point in the year. More than 710,000 Australians receive food relief each month and 26% of these are under the age of 19. A further 65,000 are denied help every month because demand is outpacing supply—and that demand just keeps on rising.
With a health and wellbeing mission at our core, an enduring ethos to make food that is nourishing, affordable and accessible for all Australians, Sanitarium has for almost two decades supported efforts to combat food and nutrition insecurity at home. We do this as a national supporter of Foodbank Australia, the country’s largest hunger relief organisation, which acts as a “pantry” to 2,600 welfare agencies across the country.
In addition to 1,750 School Breakfast Clubs, we support the Key Staples collaborative supply of cereal program, which plays a part in keeping Foodbank's warehouses stocked with a diverse range of essential food and grocery items for Australian families and those who are most vulnerable in our communities. This food relief plays an important role in helping turn peoples' lives around as they navigate difficult times.