Char­ity triples ca­pac­ity

NEW CEN­TRE SITE OPENS IN TIME FOR SEA­SON

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

MORE fam­i­lies strug­gling to put food on the ta­ble this Christ­mas are set to ben­e­fit from the new and much larger Food­bank dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre at Glen­den­ning.

The cen­tre, which opened on Wed­nes­day and ser­vices NSW and the ACT, has tripled the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ca­pac­ity, al­low­ing it to serve around 31 mil­lion meals a year.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Gerry An­der­sen said this week 15,000 Christ­mas ham­pers would be dis­trib­uted to char­i­ties to help those strug­gling dur­ing the hol­i­days – that’s an ex­tra 2500 ham­pers on last year’s to­tal.

“More than 100,000 Aus­tralians across NSW and the ACT seek emer­gency food re­lief from Food­bank each month,” Mr An­der­sen said. “It’s an un­for­tu­nate fact that we are see­ing food in­se­cu­rity con­tin­u­ing to worsen.

“The new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre al­lows us to res­cue up to 15 mil­lion kilo­grams of food each year that will make an im­me­di­ate and sig­nif­i­cant im­pact to the work that Food­bank NSW & ACT does in the com­mu­nity.”

Fol­low­ing the cen­tre’s of­fi­cial open­ing, Mr An­der­sen said he was re­lieved to see the dream re­alised.

“It’s been a project we’ve been work­ing on for a fair while and we weren’t sure how we were go­ing to get it done but we did, with some great sup­port,” he said. “This is a huge step for­ward for us in fight­ing the hunger is­sue by en­sur­ing we have the ca­pac­ity to help many more Aussies in need, and we are ex­tremely grate­ful to the NSW State Gov­ern­ment for their sup­port.”

The Gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted more than $6 mil­lion in fund­ing for the cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer at the cen­tre, visit food­banknsw.org.au.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN SAN­SON

NSW Gov­er­nor David Hur­ley and Food­bank NSW and ACT chief ex­ec­u­tive Gerry An­der­son ex­am­ine the char­ity’s new multi-mil­lion dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre.

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