Welfare agencies report nationwide food shortage for people in need

Welfare agencies report nationwide food shortage for people in need

Welfare agencies report nationwide food shortage for people in need

Updated 21 August 2012, 13:55 AEST

A new survey of Australian welfare agencies shows they are struggling to meet the demand for food relief.

The Chief Executive of Foodbank New South Wales, John Webster says the Organisation's report "End Hunger" is being released today at Federal Parliament and it shows there is a hidden problem with hunger in Australia.

Two and a half thousand welfare agencies were surveyed and Mr Webster says the figures are worrying.

"Demand for food relief is rising so 70 percent of the agencies actually have more people coming in looking for food relief, second clear message is the most common group of people coming in now for food relief are actually low income households and the third and really worrying point is actually 90 per cent of the agencies just don't have enough food to meet the demand."

Mr Webster says most of the need is coming from where it is least expected.

"The most common group of people coming in now for food relief are actually low income households it's not unemployed, it's not homeless, its actually low income households."