Foodbank South Australia
What does this organisation do?
A not-for-profit and non-denominational community-based organisation established in SA in 2000, Foodbank core concept is simple – to feed those in need by redistributing surplus food.
It is estimated that as much as 30 per cent of all food produced is unsaleable. The products may be incorrectly labelled, have faulty packaging, be part of a trial run or are not produced to exact specifications.
Increasingly, welfare agencies are involved in an ongoing struggle to provide food relief to thousands.
Foodbank SA is the link between these agencies and food growers, manufacturers and processors, providing an outlet to food companies for their surplus stock and a source of nutritious food for agencies. Over the years, Foodbank SA has established strong connections with the food industry to purchase core staple items at discounted rates. This means we can offer our welfare partners healthy, essential food that should be in every pantry.
Over 85,000 South Australians rely on Foodbank services every month, with one third of them being children. It is a sad reality that both the number of people accessing food relief and agencies has grown over the past years, with a further 7,000 people are unable to access Foodbank’s services due to high demand. Of those unable to be assisted, almost 40% are children.
As South Australia’s largest food relief agency, Foodbank supplies food to more than 520 welfare agencies and community groups, and 460 schools across Adelaide’s metro, regional and country areas.
Foodbank research shows that tough circumstances can befall anyone and that the assistance-receiving stereotype just isn’t true. In reality, those going hungry in our community are male, female, young and old, single and in families, students, employed and unemployed as well as retired people.
Low income families and the long term unemployed
Employment is a significant factor in our wellbeing. Employment provides financial independence, improves our physical and mental health, expands our social networks and builds our skills.
On the flip side, long term unemployment or underemployment negatively impacts our wellbeing. It contributes to poor mental and physical health, social isolation and poverty. And it can negatively impact the wellbeing of our children.
Communities experiencing locational disadvantage
Where people live affects their access to social and economic opportunities and therefore their relative advantage or disadvantage. Some South Australian communities have entrenched disadvantage.