Food­bank fu­ture is bright in new fa­cil­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Welshpool Ascot -

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.”

Food­bank 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.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Food­bank WA man­ager Hamish Do­bie and chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Heb­ble.

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