The Federal Government has made a shock announcement to slash funding to Australia’s largest food relief agency, just weeks from Christmas.CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has intervened to restore funding to Foodbank. Thank you for your support for this campaign.
Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher announced late last week that Foodbank’s funding had been cut from $750,000 per year to $427,000, effective 1 January 2019.
Foodbank works with 2,600 charities across Australia to distribute food relief (including the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Red Cross, Anglicare and more). Through these partnerships, they provide relief to 710,000 people each month.
The Federal Government’s modest investment fuels the distribution of $8 million in food relief around Australia. The shock cut announced last week places this entire program at risk.
Demand for food relief services is growing exponentially – particularly in regional Australia, which accounts for 40% of Foodbank’s relief work.
The current drought in Eastern Australia is heightening pressure on household budgets in regional communities, making the timing of this decision unthinkable.
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