This year’s report combines insights from charities and community groups across Australia providing food relief as well as individual Australians who experience food insecurity. Two surveys were used to collect these insights. The first was the Foodbank Welfare Agency Survey which explored the charities and community groups that provide front-line food relief, their food provision activities and the beneficiaries of their services. In its fifth year, this survey captured responses from 1,123 agencies between December 2016 and July 2017.
The second survey was aimed at understanding the Australians who have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. This is the second time Foodbank has conducted research amongst those directly affected by the issue of food insecurity. The aim of the survey was to understand the characteristics of these individuals, as well as the key drivers and resulting impacts of food insecurity in their lives. The survey identified 511 people who had experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months. The survey was in field from 31 July to 7 August.