Christmas is meant to be a wonderful time. For many however, it is a time of stress and struggle.

October 16, 2017

Many disadvantaged individuals and families experience significant issues like illness, violence, homelessness and family breakdown which may mean Christmas can become the hardest season of year.

Sadly, with the cost of living in Melbourne rising and availability of affordable housing at an all-time low, it makes it difficult for people to cover basic living costs.

Time and time again, we see the stresses of Christmas leading to soaring demand for crisis relief, as people find they’ve exhausted all their options and simply have no way left of coping.

By donating food, money or gifts this Christmas, you can do a little something that really means a lot to someone who needs it.

Did you know

  • 1 in 8 people overall and 1 in 6 children living below the poverty line1
  • 2.99 million people in Australia (13% of the population) live below the poverty line, after taking account of their household costs.
  • 725,000 people in Victoria are living below the poverty line
  • 42% of all households report suffering ‘financial stress’ concerning such indicators as inability to heat their homes, going without meals, struggling to pay utility bills and seeking financial assistance through income support.
  • Single parents experience the highest poverty rates at 33.2% and this been consistent trend across the decade.
  • Unexpected bills are now the top reason for food insecurity in Australia.2
  • The number of people sleeping rough in Melbourne’s CBD has increased 74 per cent in two years3

By giving a little, you are helping a lot for local people in need this Christmas time and all year around.


1. ACOSS Poverty Report 2016
2. Foodbank Hunger Report 2017
3. City of Melbourne, StreetCount 2016, Final Report, 2016, p. 7.

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