Shop­pers dig deep to to an­swer call for help

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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