Foodbank Stories of Change: Sunita

Foodbank Stories of Change: Sunita

In Partnership with i=Change

As part of SH Jewellery’s commitment to giving back, we partner with the online giving platform i=Change to help Foodbank support Aussies who are struggling by rescuing and sourcing food and groceries from farmers, manufacturers and retailers, and distributing them to front line charities around the country.

Sunita and her family have received food support from Foodbank’s Feed Aussies in Crisis project.

This is Sunita’s story...

IMAGINE having just $50 a week to feed your family of four. The Tekani family, including mum Sunita, 35, dad Taha, 35 and children Waimoana, 5, and Renata, 3, aren’t always sure if they’ll make ends meet and where their next meal will come from.

Mr Tekani works as a labourer and the family live off just $1700 a fortnight.

Little Waimoana has a severe skin condition, which often requires hospitalisation, doctors visits and expensive dressings. Waimoana is also unable to regulate her own body temperature, which requires the family to constantly have air conditioning or heating on — resulting in hefty electricity bills.

After rent and bills, they are left with just $50 a week to feed the family.

“We have definitely had to compromise with money and there have been times when we haven’t been able to even pay our rent” Mrs Tekani said.

“There have also been times where we’ve had no food or I’ve had to feed the kids Weet-bix for breakfast, lunch and dinner because that’s all we had in the house.”

The Tekani’s have recently been receiving food support and have said it has made a huge difference.

Mrs Tekani said other families out there suffering should not do so in silence. 

When you shop online or in-store with SH Jewellery and select Foodbank as your preferred charity, we donate $10 from your purchase to the Feed Aussies in Crisis project through our partnership with i=Change.