The Facts

Are there really hungry people in  South Australia?

Yes there are, but hunger is largely a hidden social problem and many of its victims suffer in silence. Each month, approximately 117,260 South Australians experience food insecurity with one third of them being children.

The prices of essentials like food, health, education, housing, utilities and transport have climbed so much in recent years that people who are already struggling are susceptible to sudden bill shock and financial disadvantage. The current economic climate means people are turning to charity who would never have dreamed of seeking such support in the past. So it’s not just traditionally vulnerable groups such as the homeless seeking food relief, but also the aged, single parents and the working poor.

Some statistics about the unlucky people in our lucky country:


people seek food relief services in South Australia every month

One third

of them are children


of welfare agencies reported a growth in demand for food relief services

+ 28%

is the amount of food required to meet demand
Charities, which only exist to meet a need, are experiencing an alarming increase in demand. In the last twelve months Foodbank has experienced an increase in community groups seeking food assistance. Charities report having to turn away 6,000 people a month on average – 4 in each 10 of whom are children.

This information has been sourced from the Foodbank Hunger Report 2018. To find out more about our Hunger Report, please click here.

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