Rectify your panic buy

NO SHAME: Shoppers who stockpiled during a panic buy in the latest lockdown are being encouraged to donate any surplus items. Photo: File
NO SHAME: Shoppers who stockpiled during a panic buy in the latest lockdown are being encouraged to donate any surplus items. Photo: File

"There is no shame when you share your spare" is the message from Foodbank SA in the wake of the latest wave of coronavirus panic buying.

South Australia's strict six-day lockdown began on Wednesday after the state detected 36 infections, including its first locally acquired cases since April.

The announcement sent shoppers into a frenzy as stockpiling returned to Port Augusta and the wider region.

"I think the immediate impact was a bit of a panic in some respects," Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow said.

"People were very concerned with the lockdown and I don't know if too many people thought about the time frame.

"Of course people rushed in to buy as much food and stock as they could. It was a quick announcement, so people didn't absorb all of it and there was some panic buying."

Despite the initial panic, a sense of normality has returned to the community with Premier Steven Marshall announcing restrictions will ease in the coming days.

Effective as of midnight night, Sunday 12.01am, South Australia's stay at home order will be repealed.

But the impacts of coronavirus, panic buying and stockpiling essential of food items means many individuals and charities will go without.

Foodbank SA CEO Greg Pattinson has encouraged the community to donate their surplus items.

"if you've bought too much of anything because you were in a panic, don't be ashamed; we will make sure it goes somewhere that it can be put to good use," he said.

"Whatever that happens to be, whether that's personal products, toilet paper, coffee, tea or tinned goods. We will make sure they go to people who are genuinely struggling during the COVID crisis."

Over 50 per cent of South Australians experiencing food insecurity have accessed food relief at least once since the start of the pandemic.

Around 54 per cent of food insecure residents in South Australia are unsure how they will cope when government support is rolled back.

"We have seen an increase in terms of the number of individuals who need assistance as well as a change on how we get it to the end user, instead of the agencies," Mr Pattinson said.

"We have also seen an increase in home delivery requests where people have been isolated.

"That had tapered off over the last few weeks to around 5 or 10 a day, yesterday we did about 48."

Foodbank is Australia's largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians.

Foodbank provides more than 70 per cent of the food rescued for food relief organisations nation-wide.

Donations can be made to the Upper Spencer Gulf Foodbank hub in Whyalla.

Address: 10 Jacobs Street, Whyalla Norrie SA 5608