Media Release by The Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Government to boost food relief funding by $1.485m

The Liberal National Government will increase funding for food relief by $1.485 million over the next 4.5 years, to $5.985 million.

This decision means that Foodbank’s funding will be maintained at $750,000 per year over the next 4.5 years, with Second Bite and OzHarvest to be funded as announced last week.

The extra funding will enable a stronger focus on drought relief, while continuing existing service levels around Australia.

I will be inviting the CEOs of Foodbank, Second Bite and OzHarvest to meet with me in a roundtable discussion in coming days to allow us to finalise the arrangements and co-ordinate a continuing collaborative approach to food relief.

This additional funding will be sourced within existing resources of the Department of Social Services.

The Government looks forward to working closely with Foodbank, Second Bite and OzHarvest to maximise the benefit of the vital food relief services they provide for vulnerable and homeless Australians.