Foodbank Victoria serves 50,000 Victorians a day

Food bank Victoria has warned that the rising cost of living sees 50,000 Victorians seeking help with food every day, many of them for the first time.

The charity organized drive-through food deliveries on Sunday with thousands of people visiting locations in Dandenong and Epping to receive free packages of vegetables and pantry supplies, coinciding with the start of the school holidays.

Food bank Victoria says people with jobs use its services because they struggle to make ends meet.

Chief executive Dave McNamara said more people than ever were struggling to make ends meet due to rising costs across the country and his group saw many people in jobs seeking help after realizing they were fighting for their families. to feed.

He said it wasn’t just difficult sleepers who faced these problems.

“They are no longer people on the street; they’re people on your street,” McNamara told Channel Nine.

“We have people who have never been to charity and don’t know where to go.”

Food bank Victoria launched the drive-through centers on Sunday to make it easier for people who have never asked for help before.

“The cost of living pressures on individuals and families have risen so dramatically right now and people are struggling to get back to the forefront,” McNamara said.

“Not only are charities currently struggling to meet demand as they come back from COVID, but people working and in this position for the first time have no idea where to go.”

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