In Australia, just like many other parts of the world, there are people who are hungry. It may be a hidden social problem, but it exists. In Australia, more than two million people rely on some type of food relief and almost half of these people are children. That comes out to almost one in ten Australians who are food poor. There are charities which provide food for these people so they will not go hungry. These charities use a variety of tools to get the word out on their services, including newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, emails, and media advertising.
These methods serve two purposes. They help educate people who may be helped and they educate those who might donate. Charities cannot continue operations without money and the people who need help are like to not reach out if they are not aware of the services.
Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in Australia. They provide food relief for hundreds of thousands of Australians every year. Foodbank provides food to more than 2,500 charities and more than 860 schools every year. This food is then given to those who are suffering from hunger. In 2015, Foodbank provided more than 40 million meals to Australians. Most of this food are? surplus food which is then redistributed to the poor.
To meet the ever-growing need for food for the hungry in Australia, Foodbank has begun sourcing its own food. Starting at the farm, Foodbank is sourcing meat, grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk and then distributing this food to hunger charities or to the Foodbank manufacturing partners who create key staples to help feed the hungry. These staples include pasta, cereal, sauces, and sausages.
The food rescue program accepts donations of food which is fit for human consumption. This is often food which would otherwise be thrown away. Foodbank also accepts personal products such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo, as well as household products such as cleaning products and laundry detergent. These are then redistributed to Australian charities who get them to those in need.
The staples program is helping build a sustainable supply of food in Australia. Donated foods simply cannot meet the demand, especially the staples required to create simple, nutritious meals. To help alleviate this problem, Foodbank is partnering with several food companies who subsidize or donate the services and ingredients to process, produce, and package food items such as pasta, breakfast cereals, sauce and tinned vegetables and fruits.
Even with these efforts, the demand continues to outweigh supply and more than 60,000 people are turned away at the doors by hungry relief organizations within Australian. This means Foodbank, as well as other Australian hunger relief charities, must educate potential donors on how they can help. To do this, the charities use newsletters which highlight the need and the statistics which prove the case. They also send emails to potential donors asking for their help to meet the demand for services.
Hungry people in Australia need our help. Donations of food, time and money are the only way everyone will be able to eat tonight.