Foodbank’s food insecurity report

Foodbank is a charity that receives food and distributes it to other charities in Australia. They receive donated goods. During Covid19 like many other charities, they have been hit hard. So when I got their report I wanted to find out more.

During COVID19 everything changed. There was no more social life within the charities and the demand for food went up by 47%. People had lost their jobs. It’s the women that bear the brunt of job and food insecurity. More than 1 in 4 women have experienced food insecurity in the last twelve months. Anxiety is one of the major concerns as a result of food insecurity. Mothers are likely to feel embarrassed because they cannot provide food for their families. Domestic violence is a factor of this food insecurity. They feel embarrassed about talking to their friends and family about it.

Single-parent households are likely to have food insecurity. These households may have a pension or they might have casual work.

What can food insecurity do?

  • It can result in a decline in mental health for someone
  • People do skip meals regularly because they cannot afford a meal
  • Results in malnourishment in children and adults
  • People cannot focus or concentrate on what they need to do
  • People can feel more tired or stressed

We should be donating to these charities to help those in need during these times. I know some of the businesses donated to them but we can do more. More and more free pantries would be a great idea to help those that are hit hardest. Hopefully, Good Food and wine shows in the future will feature Foodbank.

Now that the Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments are being wound back more and more people will go hungry and charities will be quite busy. Christmas will be quite different this year with many families struggling. 


Week 15 of frugal living

This week I found out that all the clothing stores will be hit the hardest due to the many clothing store workers who are laid off. They are mainly based in places like India and China.

The world’s trade has been severely disrupted by the pandemic, yet people still want to party out in St Kilda thinking that the pandemic won’t affect them. Well to those people I have news for you and its not pretty. One day you might not have anything left. One day the vulnerable people might have no food because everyone has taken it all.

This week has been really hard both mentally and moneywise. I am not eligible for Jobkeeper anymore because my industry is back up and running. So I have no idea when I’ll be paid. I still have money in my account, but I worry when the money runs out.

All the small businesses are feeling the pinch and they rely on people to keep them alive. They rely on people to buy online.

A family member has died and we can’t go to their funeral because they are in another state and they haven’t opened their borders to Victoria yet.

This week we had spag bol from the freezer, stir fried noodles, homemade vegetable soup with the canned beans that we had in the pantry. Oh and I had my English muffins with beans and sausages (poor Englishman’s food). The English muffins were from the freezer. We stockpiled on plenty when they were on special.  We’ve been growing our our own broadbeans and snowpeas so we had those for a few meals.


Red Cross’s go without challenge

I decided to take on this challenge because we take a lot for granted and during the virus people have had to sacrifice a lot especially losing their job. We wanted to test our patience and not live on luxury items if we can. It goes from the 21st to the  27th of September. During this time we decided to give up on social media as this is what causes most people’s mental health problems. A bit of Youtube is ok.

We did well. We managed to stay off Twitter and Facebook and only go on Instagram to share business posts and to participate in the “Its time” campaign. We used that time to do some work on the blog.

It was hard having a cold shower as it was so cold in Melbourne. In Melbourne, one day was only 12C and we needed the heater. I can’t imagine the poor buggers who are homeless and were out on the streets pre COVID being really cold. One day we had to go without lighting and it was ok.

We used up most items in the pantry and had only $200 to spend. This is not enough for a homeless person to live on for the week if they had to pay for their hotel. Luckily the State Government pays for them to be there. I spent the $160 on food, Les Mills subscription, and the phone bill. The Internet was free and had been prepaid.

Guys if you can please donate to the many charities that are helping the homeless. They need your support more than ever. You can donate online. If you have any unwanted food in your pantry please donate them to a free community pantry in your 5km radius.

 


Are corporations taking advantage of the poor people

Now that the Coronavirus has hit and people have lost their jobs we wonder if corporations such as Amazon, Walmart, Coles, Woolworths are taking advantage of poor people.

Most people are on the US Food stamps program which is a government assistance program. It is like Centrelink in Australia. These companies have an online store where people can get their groceries delivered. But it is expensive and there is a delivery fee added to the total cost of groceries at the checkout. 

The US Food Stamps corporation has released this report about greedy corporations. Amazon and Walmart have online stores, the same way that Coles and Woolworths do. Food companies around the world benefit from these sorts of the program and therefore they drive prices up every year.

Every year many people are left without. Many of them do not have access to fresh food. I think what this Coronavirus recession has taught us is to drive fresh food prices down or make it free for people that cannot afford it. We have seen more and more people ask for food help online. America and Australia are both the same that their populations suffer from chronic diseases.

What we can do to help stop these greedy corporations from taking over

  • Donate to your local free pantry. Many of these people are struggling to get by and can do with some help.
  • Offer to buy the poor food if you have money and a car to deliver these items. With delivery, it’s recommended that you follow the Government guidelines with Coronavirus. Otherwise, you would get into trouble.
  • Write to your local MP about this issue
  • If you really feel passionate about this issue you could start a petition for cheaper groceries

 


How can clothing brands and small business earn more money

Melbourne is in a stage four lockdown with many clothing shops being shut for months on end. Many of them had to pivot to click and collect. It got me thinking about ways that clothing brands and small businesses can make more money.

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Make some fabric masks

Mask wearing will be around for quite some time. Businesses could make some unique masks to wear. Fashionable masks are in. Here is a guide on how to do it.

Its all about the customer experience

Now is a good time to think about what sets you apart from the others. Sales Benchmark Index talks about creating an experience for customers that is enticing. That needs to be online for now. Now that could be an online chat room where customers can ask about the product. Or that could be engaging with customers on Instagram.

Make How to videos on YouTube

This could be how to mend your own clothes. If people watch it then you might get a bit of money. When people subscribe and click on your videos you might get a little bit of money.

But the most important thing is for customers to come once your shop is open.

Make candles

People always want candles and the like. There’s lots of videos on Youtube about making candles.

Sell your stuff at small weekend markets

If you’re allowed to you could have a really small stall (depends on Government regulations). Small stalls can range from $50-$400 depending on which market you sell at. You usually have to apply for a stall and then people would come to it.


How to set up a five year plan for your business and your life

And no it does not mean micromanaging as you would have no idea what the world would be in five years. We could have another few waves of coronavirus or something worse.

But you can plan for how you will be profitable in your first five years so that you won’t lose a lot of money and won’t have to shut up shop. Same as your life. You should plan for this now just in case something unexpected happens.

For example I would want to earn about $20000 in the next year. Due to the Coronavirus people won’t have a lot of money left and some people will have no job. I also want to save about $10000 from my current earnings and Job Keeper to buy shares. I aim to buy about 5-10 shares this year. But I don’t know what the economy will look like and whether or not the share market would collapse. To do that I would need to do some research on shares and that will take a while.

In the second year I would like to buy even more shares. In the second year I hope to be invited to some of the world’s most prestigious health things. I would love to run Boston if I can but I would need a really good qualifying time. But I would need to train really hard and run a few races to get there. And I would also need about $50000 for Boston (for airfares, accomodation, food, race entry not to mention other things). That would mean that I would need to sell a few memberships on my blog and earn enough money from my shares.

Its the finer details of your plan that would make it a success. And then you would have to think about how you would make that goal happen. Be specific. Be accountable for yourself. You could also assign someone to hold you accountable for that goal.


Why you should donate to the Salvos online Red Shield Appeal

The Salvos do their Red Shield Appeal in May and it ends at the end of June. They normally get volunteers to donate their time using the red tins and people put money in them.

This year things will be a little bit different where there is an online Red Shield Appeal. This is a digital doorknock where people can donate online. In the last few years people have been donating on the streets and I have been volunteering and liked it. This is due to the coronavirus that is taking place

During the last few months many people have lost their jobs and might have lost their homes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. During this time there is a lot of family violence.

Our aim is to help them raise $500000 collectively by the end of the appeal. We also hope that companies like Woolies and Coles are generous at this time with their support. The total is now $94,666 and that is the national total. This initiative launched about 2-3 weeks ago whilst everything was shut.

During this time I will post many pictures on Instagram of my runs and some foods that the Salvos does for people in hopes that you will donate to this cause.

You can give generously here.


What we can do to prevent the Great Depression

The Great Depression was a time where people lost their jobs and money was very tight. It affected everyone in the world. Here the Covid is similar. Already many of the shops and non essential businesses are closed. KMART and Aussie Disposals are next in the firing line.

I was reading an article by Small Medium Enterprise where they talk about working together. And we must do that during the lockdown and after its lifted. Already several European countries have lifted their lockdowns. But they are doing it gradually to avoid another public health crisis. We already buy things online these days, but still with the amount of people that have lost their jobs, its simply not enough. This pandemic will be going for some time but we need the money to be able to run our business. The government will give some people money but for some of us that might not be enough

We also promote many things online on Instagram and Facebook so that people will buy when the time is right. There are lots of free advice and classes on Facebook. You just have to join the right groups to get ahead of the pack.

Here are some things that you can do:

  • Buy some online gift vouchers for your favourite business for when they reopen
  • Buy takeaway food and coffees from your local favourite places
  • Promote what you have bought on Instagram and share it with friends. I am a member of many Melbourne groups that promote what they have bought and the experiences with that particular business that they have had
  • If they have a buy a coffee or meal for someone in need and you have the money to do that, do it!

Remember that at the end of the day its all about helping each other out


What happened to the economy now that the Covid19 is here?

We’re not talking about the toilet paper business! Instead we are talking about the rest of the businesses that are impacted by the Coronavirus!

The Coronavirus is getting worse by day. Italy and Spain are in lockdown at the moment. People are scared to go out and eat. The economy has gotten worse due to people not spending as much. Food prices are going up. People are becoming more and more homeless as they lose jobs due to rising costs and not many people going out.

The share market is falling day by day

What can you do?

  • Keep supporting local businesses
  • Give what you can to homeless charities and support those doing it tough. When you do your weekly shop buy more than what you need
  • If you have Instagram or social media- take a photo of what you buy and where you have been and post it for the world to see.
  • Do support Chinese eateries

What can businesses do

  • Keep their employees
  • Let them work from home

What could the Government do?

  • Spend more money on homeless services such as the Salvos and other services.
  • Give more money to those on low incomes so that we can continue to support small business. I don’t mean the $750 once off payment. I mean raise the welfare payments each fortnight to cover costs. People on welfare should be earning more to cover all their costs.
  • The Government should house the homeless so that they don’t get the virus. People that live on the streets has a higher risk of getting coronavirus.

How to earn some extra money for 2020 Christmas season

We talk about earning extra money as people always look for ways to earn extra money in time for Christmas on Google.

So many people are getting into debt this holiday season due to all the gifts and things that they have bought. Most people use their credit cards to buy purchases not realizing that there is a catch. Or they use Afterpay and can’t pay it off. Afterpay is a service where you get the item and pay it off later only that there are late fees for not paying on time.

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So here’s how to earn some money over the year

Teach and be involved in extra curricular activities

Is there something that you like to do? Maybe you can help new members at your gym and get paid to teach a few classes. Of course you would have to do the training but it would be worth it.

Do surveys

You can do surveys from Rewards Central and every time you do earn 1000 points you can get a gift card

Write blog posts for people

Maybe there’s somebody you like to guest post for! You might not earn a lot of money but you might earn the experience! Some pay as little as about $100 per article. Freelancer has a few jobs going at the moment. People post jobs to that site.

Do odd jobs for people

Airtasker and fiver have lots of odd jobs for people! You can do something for as little as $5 per task.