We’re proud to announce the release of our second research report for The One Box, Connecting Australian Communities Through Dignified Food Relief. Developed in partnership with Monash Business School, this report is a continuation of our commitment to internal and independent research. In essence, the research measures the value created by our fresh food relief program. Above all, families and children are at the forefront of what we do. With this in mind, we hope to contribute to the body of knowledge of food insecurity in Australia.
Monash Business School carried out a primary school survey as part of their latest research. Significantly, it identified that almost two-thirds of households with primary school-aged children are experiencing varying levels of food insecurity. Irrespective of the level of food insecurity, the impact on physical health and social and emotional wellbeing were largely impacted. Additionally, behavioural and academic outcomes were also impacted.
Interviews with program coordinators and recipients proved the need for reliable fresh food relief has fundamental benefits beyond financial or nutritional benefits.The research specifically identified building community connection and trust, inclusion and dignity, and greater family wellbeing as key benefits.
The need for fresh food relief is unmistakable. We’re proud to be able to convert each $1 donation to The One Box into almost $2 of fresh food in the hands of recipients. Our goal is to continue to build a more complete understanding of our program. In turn, we hope to positively impact the diverse, resilient and resourceful families accessing our programs.