Western Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation Foodbank WA has released its first national report about the prevalence of child hunger. Rumbling Tummies has found that more than 1 in 5 children have experienced food insecurity over the past year.
“The figures are unacceptable and sobering. Over the past year 400,000 Western Australians have experienced food insecurity. This means they didn’t have enough food for themselves or other family members and could not afford to buy more food. Sadly, of that number, 1 in 5 were children. We know that one of the key causes of food insecurity is poverty, so unless we successfully tackle that issue, we’re going to see more and more children go without food,” said Foodbank WA CEO, Greg Hebble.
“If we want all our children to thrive and succeed, we can’t let their hunger go unheard. We really do owe it to these children to ensure Foodbank can get more food to the most vulnerable in our community,” Mr Hebble concluded.
Have a listen to Greg’s interview below and if you’d like to support Foodbank visit their website here.