Food crisis dire: Salvos
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.
Niall Gibson and Karratha City Shopping Centre marketing manger Chanel Nicholas outside a collection cage.