Growing numbers of people are using food banks to feed themselves and their families. But many areas where residents face a high risk of food poverty are under-serviced.
At present, 15% of Australians experience food insecurity while 40% of food is discarded before it reaches the market.
Despite Australia being considered the 'lucky country', 15% of us still experience food insecurity. Meanwhile, 40% of edible food is thrown away before it even reaches the market.
Pasta and bolognese sauce were on the menu provided at this Sydney venue by not-for-profit organisation Foodbank.
Foodbanks were originally established as a temporary measure to alleviate food insecurity. But have they become an excuse for governments not to deal properly with the problem?
Not for everyone?
Why are some of the most vulnerable families in Bradford missing out on food aid?
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Recycling leftovers from supermarkets does not address the roots of food poverty and removes responsibility from the government.
Food banks have let the government off the hook.
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The government says its reforms have supported people from all backgrounds. They have done nothing of the sort.
Food parcel handouts have topped 1m in the UK.
Food banks feed more than just society's vulnerable members.
A helping hand.
Some of the most vulnerable people in society are being kept alive by food banks.
Working not begging?
They are the army of ideas people and go-getters who will haul the economy back to its feet. Aren't they? The reality is not quite as rosy.
Pushing our luck. Without a food policy, Britain is struggling.
Britain is more worried about being a food trader than building a system that properly feeds its people.
Fully stocked – for now.
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The government's austerity programme hasn't just put the poor under terrible pressure – it's actually breached Britain's international legal obligations.
Foodbank volunteers have their hands full with demand on the rise.
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Research into the rise of food banks and their usage shows they are entirely linked to demand and not supply.
A return to community canteens.
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Community kitchens that grew out of proud working class communities offer a way of feeding those struggling.
It’s not enough.
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