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June 28, 2009

Society’s Invisible Epidemic

Filed under: Current Affairs,Food and Drink,Justice — gabrielwongau @ 1:35 am
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I was reading my local leader and I came upon an article called Society’s Invisible Epidemic. The fact that one out of 10 Victorians are malnourished, go hungry or feel anxious because they cannot access healthy and safe food is really quite sad. The Feed Melbourne campaign to help food charities collect, store and distribute food to those doing it tough and going hungry is great idea espeically in these bad economic times. When we feed the poor, we feed God.

Also how we consume our food (or throw it away) has consequences too. We are all stewards of resources which is not just money but managing our time, food, talents, gifts, etc. So let us take what we need so not to be greedy and finish our plates (that goes for me especially). Here are the four facts from the article:

THE FACTS

– 10% of the Australian population is living at or below the poverty line.

– An estimated 700,000 tonnes of food is thrown out in Victoria each year. That’s the equivalent of 28,000 fully stocked supermarkets.

– 3 million tonnes of food is driven to landfill in Australia each year

– One in 10 Victorians are malnourished, go hungry or feel anxious because they cannot access healthy and safe food

Sources: Vic Relief Food Bank, FareShare. foodwise.com.au, VicHealth

Read the Leader article here

Check out the Feed Melbourne website here

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