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Internet searches for food assistance from October 2019 to September 2021


This graph shows trends in internet searches for food relief from before the COVID recession in October 2019 to September 2021:

It shows similar peaks in searches for food relief at the start of the national lockdown in March 2020 and those in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in August 2021, which were experiencing lockdowns at the time.

Significantly, demand fell between March and July 2020 as COVID income supports were introduced, and gradually rose through 2021 after they were removed.

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