Woolworths customers urged by buy $2 token for Foodbank appeal

With 15 per cent of the population experiencing food insecurity at some point every year, Foodbank and Woolworths are appealing to Manning Valley and Great Lakes residents to support its national public appeal and help meet the rise in need for food assistance over the winter period.

The 2018 Foodbank Rumbling Tummies report found that more than one in five children in Australia have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months, with 652,000 Australians seeking food relief via Foodbank each month. More than 1.3 million meals were provided per month to NSW residents, unfortunately however, many are still going without, with an additional one million meals required every month to meet demand.

From July 11 to July 24, Woolworths customers in Taree and the Manning Valley can add a $2 Foodbank token donation to their shop, with 100 per cent of funds raised going to Foodbank to deliver more food and groceries at a time of year when families most desperately need it.

“Our winter appeal at Woolworths is helping families at a time when it is most needed,” Foodbank Australia’s CEO Brianna Casey, said.

“At this time of the year, we have families struggling to make ends meet, with meal-skipping becoming standard practice, particularly for parents. With 40 per cent of food insecure households families with dependent children, it’s crucial that we do more to get food on their dining tables.

“This appeal provides us with an opportunity to remind Australians about the ongoing hunger issues which affects so many families, individuals and children, at the same time as securing additional food to assist them.

Woolworths Forster, Taree and Tuncurry group manager, Craig Feuz added: “We encourage our customers to add a $2 Winter Meal Token to their shop, and 100 per cent of funds raised will go directly to Foodbank which offers a vital community service, helping to feed Australians in need. Each $2 donation will help Foodbank provide four warming meals to those in need this winter.”

Woolworths has partnered with Foodbank for more than 16 years and donates on average more than 1 million kilograms of fresh, ambient and household products yearly to help the organisation fight hunger in Australia. With help from its food and grocery partners like Woolworths, Foodbank provides 67 million meals each year to vulnerable Australians. Foodbank can provide a meal to an Australian in need for 50c - so each donation of $2 will help provide four nourishing meals.

Foodbank is Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, acting as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry.  Last year Foodbank distributed the equivalent of 67 million meals (183,000 meals a day) to more than 2400 charities and 1750 schools.

Rumbling Tummy Report Findings

●     1 in 3 parents living in food insecure households disclosed that their children go hungry at least once a month.

●     Parents living in food insecure households reported that their children experienced the following at least once a week: 18 per cent go to school without eating breakfast, 15% go to school without a packed lunch or lunch money and 11 per cent go to bed without eating any dinner.

●     More than 1 in 5 children in Australia have experienced hunger in the last 12 months, and it is more likely for a child to go hungry in Australia than it is for an adult in 2018.

About Foodbank

Foodbank is Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, providing 67 million meals a year to more than 2600 charities and 1750 schools. Each year it distributes more than 35 million kilograms of food and groceries - that’s the equivalent of 172,000 meals a day. Foodbank accounts for 70 per cent of all the food distributed to charities by food rescue organisations in Australia. Foodbank works with the entire Australian food and grocery industry including farmers, wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers to source the food and groceries it needs.