End Hunger report highlights struggle of low income families

With electricity and gas prices on the rise across the country, a new study has confirmed that many Australians are now struggling to simply put food on the table.

Non-profit organisation Foodbank and Deloitte Access Economics released the first End Hunger report today (August 21), hoping to shed light on this hidden problem and encourage people to take a stand.

According to the report, nearly 70 per cent of agencies and welfare groups have reported seeing an increase in the number of people seeking food assistance in recent times, and nearly 90 per cent of food relief agencies are now struggling to meet demand.

"This report is a call to action. It acknowledges achievements to date but highlights the need to do more," wrote Foodbank Australia chairman Enzo Allara.

"We must heed this message with urgency because access to food is not discretionary but every person’s right and chronic hunger is one of life’s most miserable afflictions."

Mr Allara went on to call for more funding from the federal government and also for new tax laws which would provide Australian businesses with an incentive to donate food towards families in need.

The report also found that it was not unemployed households that were requiring the most assistance, but in fact low income families and single parents who were struggling to get by.

Posted by Callum Fleming