Charity organisation Foodbank sourced a record 48.8 million kilograms of food and groceries last year via donations and the purchase of essential items with Federal Government funding, and donations from corporations and individuals.
Foodbank said the food and groceries equates to 87.9 million meals, increasing almost 15 per cent over 2019. It allowed the charity group to have a social return on its activities worth more than $1 billion.
“We are so grateful to our very generous donors and partners, who continue to enable us to source essential items and ensure we can quickly get them to those who need them the most,” said Foodbank Australia CEO, Brianna Casey.
“Last year saw us face one crisis after another; off the back of a persistent drought and the catastrophic Black Summer fires, we then had to reach out and ask for even more support in March when Covid-19 hit and unemployment rates skyrocketed.”
Last year, food and grocery relief demand increased by an average of 47 per cent, impacted by the shutdown of businesses and jobs lost. The Foodbank Hunger Report 2020 released in October showed that 28 per cent of people with food insecurity due to the pandemic had never experienced it before.
Foodbank provides relief to more than 815,000 Aussies every month, but last April to July saw the organisation buy more food and groceries compared to the previous three years. It donated food and groceries to more than 2400 charities and 2500 schools. The organisation accepts donations of ambient, chilled, fresh food, private-label products and personal and household care items.