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Coronavirus Australia: 6.5 million Aussies to go hungry

Food relief charities across Australia are being swamped by the rising demand to feed out-of-work Australians during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Feed Appeal, an annual national fundraiser which grants money to local food charities, has reported a 50-78 per cent increase in the need for food relief since the COVID-19 crisis began.

With JobKeeper and Jobseeker payments to be reduced in September and the unemployment rate expected to hit 9.25 per cent by December, the lines of people queuing for food are certain to get longer.

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Feed Appeal CEO Katherine Gokavi-Whaley with the refrigerated van the Father Bob Foundation purchased with a Feed Appeal grant in 2019.

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