The reality is, many people go hungry intermittently, or regularly. You DON’T have to be homeless, or unemployed.
It means that you or your family are worried about paying for groceries, where your next meal might come from, or cutting back on food to pay the bills. 😢
It means making food choices based on cost, the amount or availability - not nutrition.
For refugees, it can mean you can’t access culturally relevant food. You may find alien fresh fruit and veg, or packaged food at food banks that you don’t know what to do with (or it’s not as nutritious or balanced).
Refugees awaiting their visa status receive payments via SRSS (Status Resolution Support Services) at 89% or below Newstart (which is already below the poverty line). They have roughly $20 a week for food after living costs.
AND, the government is aiming to cut most SRSS to refugees. They will lose a financial safety net, trauma counselling, Public Housing, Medicare or a Health Care Card. And if you study full time (such as studying English, or training to get a job), your services will be cut. People are being punished for even trying to improve their employability.
Access to some food relief centres is not possible without a Health Care Card, and it’s not always free.
Non Govt services will become more strained. ☹️
People are at risk of homelessness, physical and mental health problems and destitution.
The more you delve into the issues, the more complicated you realise they are. 😳 🤕
With our partner @thecommunitygrocer , help us provide help in one of these basic needs for people seeking asylum by providing a voucher for FOOD OF THEIR CHOICE.
Tag an organisation tackling food insecurity in our community 👊
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