My heartfelt thanks to each and every one who has thrown their arms around Foodbank in the last few months, helping us respond to drought, then bushfires and now COVID-19. Our emergency response efforts are on top of what we do every day – providing food relief to vulnerable Australians. In ‘normal’ circumstances, more than 815,000 people a month rely on the Foodbank network for food assistance. Those numbers are likely to skyrocket as the economic impacts of COVID-19 start being felt across the country.

This really is a perfect storm for Foodbank, as we are facing unprecedented demand for food relief at a time when we are struggling to secure food and groceries. Part of the reason we’re short in some Foodbank warehouses is panic buying. We produce enough food in this country to feed our population 3 times over, so there is really no need to buy in more than a couple of weeks of food and groceries. Together, we can ensure there is enough to go around. If there is one thing you can do to help vulnerable people through this difficult time, it’s to return to your usual shopping patterns so that we can put a stop to the immediate shortages of essential supplies.

You can also help by volunteering at a Foodbank warehouse in some states and territories. If you are fit and well, and your employer is happy for you to volunteer, we would be extremely grateful for your help. In some locations we are really struggling to secure enough volunteers  and we need 1,000 volunteers a week nationally to ensure we can maintain current levels of food relief. Please click here to register, noting that in some states, there are not shortages, so you may be placed on a wait list.

We know that times are tough for many Australians, but if you are in a position to make a financial contribution, we’d love to hear from you. Your donation will help us secure bulk supplies of essential food and groceries to help meet the growing demand for food relief across the community.

During the bushfires, we saw inspiring displays of empathy, generosity and kindness, and that’s what we need now. Please take care of yourself, your loved ones and your community while remembering that we’re all in this together.