The End Hunger Report releasedAugust 21, 2012
In front of Parliament House, Canberra today, an authoritative report was launched on the largely hidden issue of hunger throughout Australia. Photographs of faces of food recipients highlighted the issue.
The End Hunger Report was commissioned by Foodbank Australia, with analysis undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics. The report presents data from a survey of the 2,500 welfare agencies which sourced food from Foodbank in 2011.
Welfare and community groups reported an increase in the annual demand for food of between 12-30%. Their highest percentage of food relief (75%) was provided to low-income families, compared with 68% to households of the unemployed and 66% to households of single parents.
Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said that food relief for low-income households “helped families get themselves back on their feet”.
Amongst the report’s other findings was the statistic that in 2011, two million Australians failed to attain the United Nations World Food Summit definition of food security as “sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”.
“It is a call to action,” Foodbank chairman Enzo Allara said “Foodbank can and will do more.”
Foodbank Australia is the nation’s largest hunger relief organisation, offering a logistics conduit between the food industry’s surplus product and the welfare sector’s need. In 2011, the organisation provided sufficient food for 32 million meals via thousands of charities and community groups across Australia.
As a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, Digital Tsunami has supported Foodbank since 2000 on a pro-bono basis. This support has included the development, hosting and technical support of web presence at national and state levels.
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