410 tonnes of food aid for Coast families going hungry

10th July 2017 5:00 AM
FOODBANK VOLLIES: L to R Shirley Monger, Julie Scotts, Jane Spies, Woolworths store manager Graham Loney, and Karl Neuner FOODBANK VOLLIES: L to R Shirley Monger, Julie Scotts, Jane Spies, Woolworths store manager Graham Loney, and Karl Neuner Alan Lander

MANY Sunshine Coast families know how it feels to go hungry, but Foodbank wants to change that.

In the past year the not-for-profit organisation has delivered more than 410 tonnes - 410,406 kilograms - of food to Coast locals, amounting to 746,194 meals to people in need in Buderim, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Noosa, Nambour and the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Hinterlands.

Those families and individuals were among the more than 180,800 people in Queensland to receive hunger relief each month, but more are still going without.

A 2016 report from the Australian Child Wellbeing Project found one third of all Australians who received food relief were children, and about one-in-five children had gone to school, or to bed, hungry.

Foodbank Australia chief executive officer Brianna Casey said an additional 63,060 more meals were needed to fill hungry bellies, and called Sunshine Coast residents to help fill the gap during their weekly supermarket trips in July through the Foodbank Shop & Share campaign.

"Shop & Share provides us with an opportunity to remind Australians about the ongoing issue of hunger which affects so many families, individuals and children, at the same time as securing additional food to assist them," Ms Casey said.

"We've been overwhelmed by the support from the brands participating in the campaign and now we're relying on local Queensland shoppers for their support to help us provide crucial food relief."

Every product customers purchase from participating brands at Woolworths stores during July will be matched and donated by those brands to Foodbank.

Participating brands include the Woolworths food range, Ardmona, Devondale, John West, Chicken Tonight, Old El Paso, Vetta, McCain, Helga's, SunRice, SPC, Primo, Mount Franklin, Continental and Sanitarium.