Food cri­sis dire: Salvos

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Salvos are urg­ing res­i­dents to dig deep to help fam­i­lies and friends who can no longer fill their pantries be­cause of the eco­nomic down­turn.

The lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army branch has re­ported a huge in­crease in peo­ple, more than one a day for the past three months, com­ing in des­per­ate for help to put to­gether a meal for them­selves or their fam­i­lies.

Cap­tain Niall Gib­son said while the Salvos con­tin­ued to see peo­ple from low so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds come through the doors, more and more clients com­ing in were from fam­i­lies who had re­cently lost their jobs.

“We’ve been in­un­dated with an in­flux of peo­ple, at least 200 maybe more, some who have come to Kar­ratha be­cause there was work and by the time they’ve got here they’ve been told it’s been given to some­one else,” he said.

To help, Kar­ratha City Shop­ping Cen­tre has put out its col­lec­tion cages for a week from to­day and is ask­ing for shop­pers to spend an ex­tra few dol­lars to buy some food for a fel­low res­i­dent in need.

Mr Gib­son said you could be help­ing out some­one you know, be­cause of­ten they would be too em­bar­rassed to make their sit­u­a­tion pub­lic.

“We can see peo­ple four times a year, but even if they come a fifth time it’s nice to send them home with some bread at least, but we’re out of bread,” he said. “Peo­ple don’t want to come in be­cause of pride, but they need to come in.”

Mr Gib­son said do­na­tions could also be made at the Sal­va­tion Army store on the cor­ner of Bal­moral Road and Bond Place. A list of sug­gested do­na­tions such as ce­real and pasta will be placed on the cages in the shop­ping cen­tre.

La­bor Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Stephen Daw­son said it was trou­bling to hear the Salvos were run­ning out of re­sources to help the com­mu­nity.

Mr Daw­son said he would take the is­sue up in Par­lia­ment.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Niall Gib­son and Kar­ratha City Shop­ping Cen­tre mar­ket­ing manger Chanel Ni­cholas out­side a col­lec­tion cage.

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