12 December 2018

Foodbank hunger report 2018

This report uses survey data to examine food insecurity in Australia. The research found that 4 million Australians (18%) have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months, where they have run out of food and been unable to purchase more.  Of these people, more than three in four (76%) were categorised as having very low food security.  People in regional and remote areas were 33% more likely to experience food insecurity than those living in cities. Over the past year in country areas, 1.5 million Australians had experienced the uncertainty of not knowing where their next meal will come from. In the last 12 months, the proportion of food insecure Australians seeking food relief increased from 46% to 51%, the equivalent of 384,000 people. With their current diminishing resources, charities reported having to turn away 7% of the individuals seeking food relief every month. Only 36% of charities report being able to meet the full needs of the people they do assist.