Going to school hungry is a reality for some NSW students but a campaign running at Dubbo and across the state aims to fill lunchboxes.
This year, Australia’s largest hunger relief charity Foodbank has partnered with Woolworths for a Back To School appeal, which aims to provide meals to families and children in need.
For the fortnight to February 12, customers have been able to buy a $1 token, which will help provide two meals to children in need.
A number of Dubbo-based charities receive food and groceries from Foodbank’s warehouse for families in need.
Foodbank reports 15 per cent of children living in food insecure households go to school at least once a week without lunch, and CEO Brianna Casey said they wanted to raise much-needed funds.
According to the Foodbank 2018 Rumbling Tummies report, almost half of Australian families in need have reported feeling less stressed (48 per cent) and better supported by their community (45 per cent) after receiving food relief.
One fellow student helping in the fight against food insecurity is Foodbank’s youth ambassador, 10-year-old Alice Ramsey, who has initiated several fundraising activities of her own since the age of six.
Taken under the wing of Ms Casey, Alice is showing Australians everywhere that anyone can make a difference.
“It makes me sad that there are kids my age who still go to school hungry so I want to do whatever I can to help them,” she said.
“I’m really excited that Foodbank asked me to be their youth ambassador and that we are working with Woolworths because I can show other people that anyone can help those in need by simply adding a $1 token to their shopping.”
Woolworths Delroy Park, Dubbo, Riverdale and Wellington group manager Terese Borg says Alice is an “inspiration to us all on how we can each play a part to help support hunger relief”.
“We are grateful for our generous local customers who play an integral part in supporting this cause,” she said.
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