Food Bank: Feeding the Needy in the ‘Lucky’ Country

Australia’s biggest charity food drive has released some sobering statistics for 2019.

Food Bank’s annual Hunger Report reveals that in the past year, more than 1 in 5 Australians found themselves in a situation where they’d run out of food or been unable to buy more.

Many of the Queensland-based charities helping the homeless and disadvantaged rely on Food Bank’s massive food warehouse at Morningside to supply much-needed groceries and produce.  

At this hive of humanitarian activity, Food Bank gathers surplus food from supply chains – including around 5 million kilos of fresh produce yearly – and makes it available to charities across the state.

Those charities include the Salvation Army – which holds a weekly Open House lunch for the homeless and those hit by hardship at its Brisbane Temple in Ann Street.

Volunteers are the backbone of the event – gathering produce from Food Bank; preparing it in the Salvo’s kitchen; and serving it to around 60 people each week.

If you’d like to help Food Bank put food on the tables of troubled Queenslanders this Christmas, head to the donation page on their website. A gift of just $30 will allow Food Bank to supply two hampers crammed with pantry staples to needy families.

You can also donate long-life and non-perishable grocery purchases at Food Bank Donation Bins set up at more than 20 Retail First shopping centres across the city.  Or you can donate to the Queensland Police Service Food Drive, in association with Food Bank Queensland. Click here for all the details.

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