Anti-Poverty Week: New SA hunger stats show more of us are struggling

17 October, 2022

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the 20th anniversary of Anti-Poverty Week in Australia.

The key message this year (16-22 October 2022) is Together we can halve child poverty by 2030 – something RAA is helping to work towards through our partnership with Foodbank SA.  

Anti-Poverty week coincides with Foodbank releasing their latest Hunger Report that details alarming statistics about the growing food insecurity problem in South Australia:

  • Over 78,000 children in South Australia lived in severely food insecure households in the past year.
  • Over 130,000 households in South Australia were hungry in the last 12 months due to lack of funds, sometimes skipping meals or going whole days without eating.
  • Nearly half of food insecure households in South Australia (46%) had someone in paid work.
  • 29% of households in South Australia with mortgages have experienced food insecurity in the last year
  • The rising cost of living is the most common reason that people in Australia are struggling to put food on the table.​​​​​​​

One of Anti Poverty Week’s main purposes is to encourage all Australians to act and focus on positive solutions to end poverty. In partnership with Foodbank, we help to reduce the number of families forced to choose between paying their rent and putting food on the table through our RAA Mobile Food Hubs, which deliver meals to SA families in need.

Foodbank SA CEO Greg Pattinson said the Mobile Food Hubs concept were an Australian-first.

“The RAA Mobile Food Hubs are mobile supermarkets that supply food to parts of the state that don’t necessarily have a permanent Food Hub

“It means that people in places like Peterborough, the Barossa Valley and Victor Harbor can get access to food assistance even though there is no permanent distribution in those towns.”

Last month, RAA Mobile Food Hubs provided 14,752 kilos of food relief in the form of 29,504 meals. More than 7,164kg of this was Fresh Fruit and Vegetables and directly benefited 572 South Australian children.

Next week: Support the RAA Foodbank Food Drive 2022

Next week (24-28 October 2022) RAA is running it’s third annual RAA Foodbank Food Drive, which sees the RAA Mobile Food Hubs stationed at five locations across the state, encouraging our members and all South Australians to donate much-needed food items. For more information about how you can help us reach our goal of raising 30,000 meals, visit our website.