Help put food on their tables

Saturday, June 15 is the annual Anglicare Food Drive.

Church communities in Dural, Glenorie, Arcadia, Kenthurst, Cherrybrook and Glenhaven have supported giving food to those in need over winter and need your help.

Watch out for collectors in supermarkets or at your front door and have a few items ready.

You can also drop food off at St Jude's Dural, 965 Old Northern Road; St Columb's Arcadia (140 Arcadia Road); and Christ Church Kenthurst (28 Pitt Town Road).

Schools in the area also take part.

After 10 years, the collection of non-perishable items such as canned food, cereal, rice, pasta, long life milk and toiletries grew to more than 30,000 items in the district last year.

Those at highest risk of food insecurity are low-income earners, people with a disability, single parents, people experiencing rental stress and people from an indigenous background.

"The biggest constraint in food insecure households was inadequate income," Anglicare Sydney's chief executive Grant Millard said.

"People were often making the difficult choice of going without food in order to pay for other more pressing expenses.

"We found that parents were often protecting their children from food insecurity by going hungry themselves.

"However, in one in four households children were going hungry too."

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