As we’re heading into this specific time of the year, it’s a time when we often reflect on how grateful we are for all the things we have in our lives. However, it’s also the time we remember that there are many people out there who find that Christmas is the hardest time in theirs.
For some it may be because they’ve lost somebody that year, don’t have family around, for others it may be financial issues or food insecurity - and Christmas is the season that amplifies those feelings of loss, shame, guilt, the list goes on.
As we partner with charity organisation SecondBite, we’ll be focusing on the food insecurity aspect that impacts people's feelings during the festive season. Around 5 million Australians suffer from food insecurity at least once in a year, which is a 20% increase across the past year alone.
Food insecurity is described as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Recent studies have shown that 30% of this population go a full day without eating - so imagine what it’s like when it comes to the festive season. Food insecurity during Christmas is a real thing and an increasingly sad reality for many Australians.
So if you’re feeling truly blessed this Christmas, then it may be time to think about how you can help others enjoy this festive season a little more this year. One nifty idea is putting ‘donate’ on your wishlist rather than putting something on your wishlist that you probably won’t need in a years time.
We’d also recommend donating food or money to the charity organisation SecondBite.
With all that's chaotic at the moment, we've been inspired to do a little more good in the world. After a major university became a recent client of ours, we've had some very real conversations with them about how the nature of the current situation is impacting our international student community.
For those who’ve been filling their trollies with bags full of air (plus a handful of chips) or blocks of chocolate - you’re probably going to be feeling a little bogged down in a second. It’s so easy to skip past the nuts and fruits, because sometimes they do look quite expensive. However, you need to weigh up the value this has to your health. And more often than not, a handful of nuts will satiate your cravings for savoury food (as well as keep you fuller) than even a full bag of chips.