Tuesday, 9 August 2022
    Petrol prices blow to charities

    Petrol prices blow to charities

    If you're feeling the pinch at the petrol bowser, spare a thought for those less fortunate and the charities working to support them, ABC News reports.

    Petrol prices are at record levels nationally, thanks to the Russia-Ukraine war, with the "new normal" for unleaded above $2 per litre in a number of capital cities.

    Australian food rescue organisation OzHarvest said demand for its services in Canberra had increased by 30 per cent in the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic and it was now bracing itself for another storm ahead.

    "I would have no hesitation to say [demand for services] will be another 10 to 15 per cent over the next two to three months," Canberra city manager Belinda Barnier said.

    "The whole supply chain is stressed."

    Ms Barnier said for those already living week-to-week, dealing with underemployment or loss of work thanks to COVID, the increase in petrol prices acted as a "tipping point".

    "It has hit them in the hip pocket seriously," she said.

    "The money they had left at the end of the day to go and purchase healthy food for their family and themselves has been diminished – that capacity has just gone through the floor.

    "It directly impacts people's ability to live."

    She also said increased petrol prices acted as a double blow for the charity, which is expecting to see an increase in demand while their costs to transport and deliver goods increases as well.

    "We really are in a fragile space, so it means we have to collect more food and deliver more food but it is not sustainable," she said.


    Record-high petrol prices deliver double blow for charities feeding less fortunate Canberrans (ABC News)