Ms Betterhome

Feed Sydney June 2010
June 2, 2010, 12:56 am
Filed under: food, politics | Tags: ,


• Australians throw away $5.2 billion a year of good food Source: The Australia Institute, ‘What a waste’ report, November 2009

• Three million tonnes of food is driven to landfill in Australia each year. Source:

• Two million Australians rely on food relief at some point every year. Source:

• 15 per cent of clients of major welfare agencies do not enjoy a decent meal at least once a day, with the proportion increasing to 16 per cent for households with children and to 18 per cent for clients with disability or restrictive medical conditions.
Source: Mission Australia, Anglicare, Australian Council of Social Service, Social Policy Research Centre and the Brotherhood of St.Laurence, Left Out and Missing Out: Voices from the Margins (2007) and Left Out and Missing Out: Disability and Disadvantage

• 60,000 low-income working families in Australia go without meals at least once a day.
Source: Vic Health, ‘Healthy Eating, Food Security Investment Plan 2005 – 2010’, August 2005

• Almost 10 per cent of young people, male and female, have reported they have skipped meals because they were short of money.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, ‘Australia’s Young People: Their Health and Wellbeing’, 2003

In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, these stats are completely unacceptable. These stories show how much difference organisations like OzHarvest can make, & I’ll certainly be donating to this appeal this winter!


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