Real Stories

Real Stories of Queensland Hardship

Real Queenslanders tell their stories of hardship. The face of hunger in our state is so diverse. For many, it just takes an unexpected job loss, bill or health issue for their family to go hungry without support.


Chronic illness leaves Meghan struggling to feed her family. For the last nine years Meghan has been living with the devastating impact of cancer. She has faced three cancer diagnoses and endured several major surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy. A solo parent, Meghan has never stopped striving to provide for her son and daughter.

“When you can’t work you still have those bills and it’s a constant struggle. If not for the food hampers there would have been many times we would have had bread and butter for dinner.”


Being unable to work leaves Shane’s family in crisis. Shane has always worked hard to provide for his family, just like his father and grandfather before him. But years of labour-intensive work have left him with a debilitating injury and he is unable to find employment until his health improves.

“I’ve been a worker all my life and my father taught me that it’s my responsibility to look after my family. It’s very hard for me not being able to work at the moment, so I’m glad that when I really need help it's there."


Keeping her family safe leaves Rebecca struggling to feed them. Until a few months ago, Rebecca had always worked hard, holding down as many as three jobs at once to provide for her young family. But after escaping an abusive relationship, all of Rebecca’s energy needed to go into finding a new home and keeping her daughters safe. With her income drastically reduced, she soon struggled to cover rent and food.

“Without the food we have received, some weeks I wouldn’t have been able to send Zoe to school because there wouldn’t have been enough for her lunch each day. Especially since I’ve been sick, having the extra help means I know I’ve got everything I need and I can keep a roof over our heads.”