Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he cried “on his knees” after he slashed funding for Australia’s largest food charity this week.
Foodbank helps more than 710,000 Australians impacted by natural disasters or economic hardships through its Key Staples program, which provides rice, flour, cereals and canned goods to 2,600 charities and 1,750 schools around the country.
Morrison said he “wept uncontrollably” while signing documents proposing to cut funding to Foodbank for the third year in a row, leaving it with less than $430,000 a year. Three years ago, the organisation received $1.5m a year.
“I especially shed tears for children suffering from the draught who were receiving support from Foodbank,” he said.
“I will pray for them.”