This week, Ericsson and Vocus Communications Melbourne staff spent their Tuesday volunteering for Foodbank Victoria packing food for 15 welfare agencies on Tuesday March 7th. The tremendous efforts of the group's output, which included six Ericsson employees and two Vocus Communications employees, resulted in a combined weight of 3,615.36 kg, in addition to sorting muesli bars. Therefore, the total day's effort equated to the provision of 6,509 meals for people in need.
These food parcels will now be distributed across Victoria by Foodbank to agencies such as the Prahran Mission, Global Care and Colac and District Community Foodshare, providing much need support for struggling families and individuals.
When asked to share something about their volunteer experience, Ericsson employee comments were;
"Great day, learned a bunch about what happens and was surprised at the scope of the project, i.e. the data provided around kgs packed and meals provided. Knowing how much we contributed at the end made it feel more real."
"After volunteering at Food Bank I feel inspired to go again, great day!"
The face of hunger in Australia is diverse – it affects males, females, children, the elderly, single people and families, students, employed, unemployed and retired people. High risk groups include people with disabilities, refugees and Indigenous Australians. Some of the common reasons why people find themselves seeking food relief include a lack of funds to pay rent and bills, and unexpected expenses such as car repairs or medical bills.
Hunger is a hidden crisis in Australia, with over 2 million people seeking food relief at some point every year, half of which are children. In fact, the demand for food relief is rising, irrespective of national economic growth.
It is also a common misconception that only homeless people require food relief. However, the main recipients of food relief are individuals and families who have generally low incomes or are unemployed, not just those who are homeless.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org