In this edition, we’re looking at the big issue of food insecurity: 4 million Australians have gone hungry in the last year, including 1.2 million children. And food banks around the country have been overwhelmed by demand in the face of COVID, natural disasters and the rising costs of living. We speak to people seeking support and ask what needs to be done.
Shane has been a guest speaker with The Big Issue Classroom since 2011. He has spoken to many schools across Melbourne and Victoria, and enjoys sharing his story with others.
“When I first started I was really shy and found it really difficult to talk to big groups. Talking to students and selling the magazine has brought me out of my shell.
“I’ve now got a lot more confidence. I’m not as isolated anymore. I can now talk to people more easily, and know more people in the community.
“I enjoy this more than any other job I’ve had. The interaction with students is amazing. I love to see their reactions when they learn about homelessness. Kids come up to me weeks or months later and ask how I’m going – I can see the message is getting through.”