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Australia Food shortages a 'real problem' for charities like Foodbank

01:35  02 april  2020
01:35  02 april  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief charity which provides over 70 per cent of the food used in organisations providing aid across the nation. Foodbank NSW and ACT CEO John Robertson says while demand for food relief has increased across Australia, donations and volunteers have dropped

Food shortage is a serious problem facing the world and is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. The scarcity of food is caused by economic, environmental and social factors such as crop failure, overpopulation and poor government policies are the main cause of food scarcity in most countries.

Foodbank NSW and ACT CEO John Robertson says while demand for food relief has increased across Australia, donations and volunteers have dropped dramatically. 

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief charity which provides over 70 percent of the food used in organisations providing aid across the nation.

Mr Robertson said “demand had increased massively by almost 50 percent” and yet “25 percent of the food coming into our warehouses had dropped because demand is so great in the supermarkets”.

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“If we have to use this facility, which I really hope we don’t because everyone is staying home and washing their hands and social distancing, we will need thousands of doctors and nurses and volunteers,” Natalie Forrest, the Food shortages a ' real problem ' for charities like Foodbank .

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“The supermarkets are vacuuming up all excess food to make sure they can keep shelves stocked,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray.

Mr Robertson said “corporate volunteering has fallen off a cliff”.

“We would normally have 250 to 300 corporate volunteers a week in our warehouse and last week we were down to four and this week we had none and that means we have had to employ people”

According to Mr Robertson, “keeping up with demand” has become a real “test” and having to employ people long term would be “unsustainable” for the charity. 

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