Why We Help
Why do we need to help? Feeding the needy is now a $150 million per year national problem.
One in 10 Australians are now seeking relief, and 1 in 200 people are homeless.
BeefBank supports the homeless and disadvantaged by providing fresh meat to Foodbank Queensland. Foodbank then supply the many community and welfare organisations that are at the forefront of tackling these social issues. A large portion of the recipients of Foodbank support are breakfast programs at schools. These programs are becoming a vital service as one in 30 – a child in almost every classroom – goes to bed or school hungry nearly every day, according to the final report of the Australian Child Wellbeing Project (ACWP).
Despite almost two decades of economic growth nearly a quarter of the population in Queensland still live in low economic resource households and 12.8% live below the poverty line. The prices of essentials like food, health, education, housing, utilities and transport have climbed so much in recent years that people who are already struggling are susceptible to sudden bill shock and financial disadvantage.
The current economic climate means people are turning to charity who would never have dreamed of seeking such support in the past. So it’s not just traditionally vulnerable groups such as the homeless seeking food relief, but also the aged, single parents and the working poor.
Charities, which only exist to meet this need are experiencing an alarming increase in demand. In the last twelve months Foodbank has experienced an 11% increase in community groups seeking food assistance. Charities report having to turn away 134 people a month on average – 72 of whom are children.
For more information about the homeless in Australia please visit the Homelessness Australia website.
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There are so many great ways to get involved. Donate animals or simply provide a financial donation. Every dollar makes a difference.
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In early May, board member Andrew Rodgers had the opportunity to go to Beef Week 2018 to showcase BeefBank to more than 100,000 patrons . This was an important event for BeefBank as demand for our services continues to grow. Despite national economic growth and...
Turn The Tables On Hunger
BeefBank is proudly run by volunteers so 100% of your donation goes to the purchase and preparation of meat for those in need. There’s no hidden fees or salaries to pay, simply the purchase of meat for the table.