Meals for Mates has delivered a milestone 1 million meals to help tackle the hidden and growing hunger crisis in rural communities.

Aussie Farmers Foundation joined forces with Foodbank Australia – Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation – to create the Meals for Mates program last year to get meals to people in need in rural and regional Australia.

According to the Foodbank Hunger Report 2016, 1 in 6 Australians reported experiencing food insecurity in the past 12 months alone. Of the 644,000 people accessing food relief every month, a third are children. In fact, low income and single parent families are the biggest groups turning to charity agencies for assistance.

Further, people living outside major cities are 11% more likely to experience food insecurity on a regular basis.

Aussie Farmers Foundation Executive Officer Julia Hunter says people right across Australia have benefitted from the program.

“As a Foundation that exists to tackle the most pressing issues facing rural and regional Australia, we’re thrilled that ‘Meals for Mates’ has achieved its aim to deliver 1 million meals.”

“We are doing all we can to highlight the issue of food insecurity in regional Australia and get nutritious food into the hands of people across the country.”

“It is extremely satisfying to work with Foodbank on a program that is putting food on the table for thousands of country Australians and we’re working on delivering our next 1 million meals.”