Foodbank covers the Big Banana to highlight hunger in Australia.
Foodbank covers the Big Banana to highlight hunger in Australia.

Big Banana ’shrouded in black’

FEW people have made the roadtrip between NSW and Queensland without making a quick stop at the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour on the way.

But today, tourists and roadtrippers looking for the banana's iconic yellow skin will instead find the attraction has gone black.

The black shroud was sponsored by Foodbank and was done to draw attention to the country's big hunger problem.

Foodbank's annual Hunger Report has revealed more and more Aussies are going hungry every day, particularly those living in rural and regional areas.

"Our country loves its big food icons - the Big Pineapple, the Big Strawberry, the Big Mango, but we have a big food problem that needs to be addressed - hunger in the country," Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey said.

"Our Foodbank Hunger Report 2018 confirms that 1.5 million Australians in regional and remote areas have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months which makes country dwellers a third more likely to be hungry than their city counterparts. This is even before the full effects of the current drought are factored in."

 

Foodbank covers the Big Banana to highlight hunger in Australia.
Foodbank covers the Big Banana to highlight hunger in Australia.

 

The report found that overall, around four million Australians have experienced some form of food insecurity.

More than three quarters of Australia are also eating less because they lack the money or resources to obtain food.

Foodbank Australia feeds 710,000 people every month - but they're still struggling to help everyone who needs it.

"Half of all our charity agencies report an increase in the number of people seeking much needed food assistance, and only 36 per cent of charities say they are meeting the full needs of people they assist," Ms Casey said.

"Food insecurity is a growing problem which is affecting every day Australians both in the cities and in the bush. We are doing our very best to address this problem, but we need support from our government and our community to help these vulnerable Aussies in need."

Foodbank provides food for more than 2600 charities and community groups around Australia which work to feed the hungry.

In addition to providing food to charities, Foodbank provides regular breakfasts to over 100,000 students in 1750 schools across the country.


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