Ap­petite for help­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

RED­CLIFFE-based Food­bank and West­field are lead­ing a new do­na­tion drive to help feed 7000 hun­gry West Aus­tralians turned away from char­i­ties each month.

RED­CLIFFE-based Food­bank WA is team­ing up with West­field shop­ping cen­tres across the state to gather food for the hun­gry this Septem­ber.

Every month it’s es­ti­mated that more than 7000 West Aus­tralians are turned away from char­i­ties empty handed due to a lack of food, and Food­bank WA is urg­ing peo­ple to do­nate what they can at their lo­cal West­field centre.

The most wanted items in­clude canned goods like tuna, ham, veg­eta­bles, fruit, soup and spaghetti, along with black tea bags and pasta sauce.

Food­bank chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Heb­ble said the need for food was year-round, and it was a strug­gle to keep up with de­mand month to month.

“Spring can be a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing time for us, as we have fewer food drives and do­na­tions,” he said.

“We are very grate­ful for our part­ner­ship with West­field, as it will make a huge dif­fer­ence to those who turn to us and our char­ity part­ners for a meal.”

Mr Heb­ble said shop­pers could pick up an ex­tra can of food while shop­ping and drop it into the col­lec­tion boxes, but also said peo­ple were wel­come to clean out their pantry and bring what they al­ready may have in sur­plus.

Scen­tre Group centre man­ager Scott Green­wood said the food drive was all part of West­field con­nect­ing to and en­rich­ing lo­cal ar­eas.

“We’ve found this part­ner­ship we’ve got with Food­bank that it’s a real op­por­tu­nity to give back to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We have gen­er­ous cus­tomers who come through our doors every year.”

The West­field Food Drive will run be­tween Septem­ber 1 and Septem­ber 30 at all West­field shop­ping cen­tres.

At West­field Carousel, shop­pers can find the col­lec­tion boxes in front of Coles.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473080

Food­bank’s Greg Heb­ble and Scen­tre Group’s Scott Green­wood.

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