Hunger, Australia’s Hidden Issue

Most Australians consider hunger as something belonging to a poor ‘developing’ nation as it is not common knowledge that it is a big issue in our backyard, but over 43,000 people each month or two million a year are being turned away empty handed after seeking food relief.

The 2016 Foodbank Hunger Report has shown that food insecurity in Australia – meaning those affected don’t have enough food for themselves or other family members, and can’t afford to buy more food – has hit a crisis point. According to the report, 1 in 6 people experienced food insecurity within the past 12 months and there was an increase of 11% in people receiving food relief each month from the previous year.

While many believe it is just the homeless who go without, the Hunger Report also shows that recipients include individuals and families who are on low incomes, and the unemployed, as well as job seekers and workers.

Despite incredible efforts from food relief agencies such Foodbank Australia, there are not enough resources to feed those in need, over half of which are children. However, by raising awareness for and supporting these organisations Australians can help solve the hunger issue in this country.

Foodbank is a non-profit organisation which has been helping to combat hunger in Australia since 1992. Last year alone they provided 33-million kilograms of food and groceries to over 2,500 charities and 1,500 schools throughout the country. The food that is ‘rescued’ and collected by Foodbank produces an average of 166,000 meals a day.

Like many, Zambrero was unaware of the hunger issues that were facing Australians until recently. That’s why in 2014, Zambrero formed a partnership with Foodbank Australia, launching a retail range to help support efforts to end hunger in Australia.

Similarly to Zambrero’s work with Rise Against Hunger, our Plate 4 Plate initiative supports Foodbank Australia with a ‘one for one’ program, meaning that for every retail product sold, one meal is donated to an Australian in need via Foodbank Australia. Our retail range products include Forbidden Foods organic black rice packets, Superfood Muesli Bars and the Hazillo Brownie.

Since the launch of this range, Zambrero has helped to donate over 21,000 meals to Australians in need and hopes to raise the bar even higher in 2017. Zambrero encourages everyone to get behind the cause this Christmas and indulge in a little retrial therapy, never before has a Brownie been so good!

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