Originally published: The Courier, 9 December 2020
MORE than 300 Ballarat families have registered for some assistance this Christmas with the Salvation Army highlighting concerns that more than one million Australians could go without food this festive season.
Shocking figures in new research released by the Salvation Army show that $8.1 million Australians are feeling under some financial stress this Christmas.
The research, which was conducted by Pureprofile for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal, also reveals 13 per cent will go into debt this Christmas, while a further 2.1 million Australians are concerned their children will miss out on food and basic living necessities this Christmas. Also, 1.9 million people are concerned their children will miss out on presents.