Nearly 1 in 2 Aussies on the breadline regularly go without meals
Australians are being commended for their generosity by The Salvation Army this Christmas as part of the charity's campaign to feed 100,000 people in need.
With nearly one in two Aussies on the breadline regularly going without meals*, The Salvation Army is aiming to raise the funds through the month of December.
The Salvos' 100,000 Meals campaign asks Australians to donate just $10, for which a Christmas meal is provided to someone who would otherwise go without on Christmas Day. Over $200,000 has been raised so far.
"We're very pleased with how generous Australians have been so far this Christmas season" commented Steve Speziale spokesperson for The Salvation Army. "But we still have a long way to go to raise enough to feed 100,000 people. We'd urge people to dig deep and spare just $10 to help Aussies in need." "Providing a meal offers so much more than just something to eat, it is also gives a sense of community and a place to belong," he continued.
The campaign comes after The Salvation Army's Social Economic Impact Survey revealed that on average, struggling Aussie families are living on less than $17 per day, and only one in four are able to afford three meals a day for their children. The research also revealed that the number one challenge faced by Aussies on the breadline is the ability to afford enough food to eat. With these findings, the need to support others in the community has never been greater.
You can donate to 100,000 Meals by calling 13 SALVOS (137258), online at https://100thousandmeals.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.