Friday, 12 April 2024
    Agency faces record demand for food

    Agency faces record demand for food

    Nadine Elsasser is a single mother, who works a casual job when she can, ABC News.

    Living on an already stretched budget, she said juggling her finances is becoming harder.

    Ms Elsasser said the rising cost of living was a worry but she "just has to deal with it".

    "I don't like to think about it too much," she said.

    "If I think about it, it stresses me out."

    Ms Elsasser shopped at Foodbank on a weekly basis.

    She said on the weeks she received her fortnightly pay she could afford to spend $40 on food.

    On the week, Ms Elsasser does not get paid, she could usually spare an additional $10 dollars to top up on essentials.

    But Ms Elsasser said her budget was becoming even tighter.

    "Everything costs money and everything is so expensive," she said.

    Foodbank WA's CEO Kate O'Hara said their services in regional areas of the state were experiencing firsthand the results of tight budgets.

    Ms O'Hara said regional Foodbank branches had recorded an average of 20 per cent year-on-year increase in demand.


    WA Foodbank stores record increased demand for food as inflation, winter bites (ABC News)


    Nadine Elasser says she's left with about $50 a fortnight to feed her family. (ABC Great Southern: Lauren Smith)