Shoppers dig deep to to answer call for help
Struggling families and individuals will be able to put food on their tables after Karratha residents dug deep to stock the Salvation Army’s shelves amid a worrying food shortage.
As revealed in the Pilbara News earlier this month, an influx of families affected by the mining downturn coming to the local Salvation Army branch seeking food to put on the table had led to food stockpiles running on empty.
As a result, food cages were put out in Karratha City Shopping Centre for a fortnight. Karratha Salvos Captain Niall Gibson said the big response from the community was much appreciated.
“We were well and truly over budget and these shelves were pretty bare so we needed to do something to help those less fortunate,” he said.
“I always have great faith in the community and I was expecting these shelves to be refilled, and as you can see they have been refilled, so great thanks to the community.
“This should well and truly last until the end of the financial year, then our new funding will begin, so we’re out of the woodwork.”
Statistics indicate more than one person per day had been coming to the Salvos seeking food for the past three months. Capt. Gibson said some of those coming in had moved to Karratha after being promised jobs, only to be shunned on arriving. With dry food stocks now replenished, Capt. Gibson said the battle was now to get fresh food to people in need.
“We have I think less than $200 worth of vouchers,” he said.
“Once that runs out, which could be this week or next week, we can’t give vouchers so people can’t go to the shops and buy fresh produce.”
The Salvation Army doorknock appeal is running this week and Capt. Gibson said monetary donations would go towards these food vouchers.