Foodbank future is bright in new facility
LIKE most big moves, Foodbank WA had a few hurdles to overcome while moving from its old premises in Welshpool to its new facility at Perth Airport, but now it’s all smiles.
After years of planning and months of construction, the not-for-profit organisation has moved to a purpose-built 6000sqm facility at 23 Abbott Road.
Funded by the sale of the Welshpool site and grants from the State Government, Lotterywest, BHP Billiton and Perth Airport, it is one of Foodbank’s biggest facilities.
Foodbank WA chief executive Greg Hebble said the new facility, which will supply more than 12,000 kilograms of food each day, was built to better service the needs of the community.
The new building features commercial and large training kitchens, with meeting and training rooms and a largescale edible garden coming soon.
“These facilities will allow Foodbank to expand our service delivery, providing capacity-building health and nutrition education to the community sector and the public,” Mr Hebble said.
“We will also commence producing ready-made frozen meals to help increase food security in vulnerable communities across WA.”
provides food for 51,000 Western Australians each month.
Mr Hebble said the charity’s goal was to save as much edible food from waste and landfill and redirect it to people in need.
“We are also looking forward to opening our training and commercial kitchens and developing new and innovative ways to support the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities in WA,” he said.
Foodbank relies heavily on volunteers. It is holding an information day in late January.
To register your interest, call Foodbank on 9258 9277.
Foodbank WA manager Hamish Dobie and chief executive Greg Hebble.