Xmas food drive re­lief for fam­i­lies

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

RO­TARY Club of Dalkeith called on the “fit young blokes” at Col­le­gians Ama­teur Foot­ball Club to help carry al­most three tonnes of do­na­tions for Food­bank WA, says or­gan­iser Ray House.

The club’s an­nual food drive will pro­vide about 5000 meals to peo­ple in need this Christ­mas.

Ro­tary mem­ber Mr House said the club filled 28 wheelie bins with food for WA’s largest hunger re­lief char­ity.

“We have about 53 mem­bers and each was al­lo­cated a num­ber of streets in Ned­lands and Dalkeith,” he said.

“On the Wed­nes­day we dropped off 5200 bags and fly­ers to res­i­dents and then went back on Sun­day to col­lect them.

“It really was a com­mu­nity ef­fort and we thank ev­ery­one who left food out for us this year.”

Food­bank WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Heb­ble said food drives pro­vided much-needed food for strug­gling fam­i­lies.

“Christ­mas is our busiest time of the year,” he said. “Ev­ery can makes a dif­fer­ence and we are very grate­ful to Ro­tary Dalkeith who con­tinue to be great friends to Food­bank.”

Through a net­work of 510 com­mu­nity groups and wel­fare agen­cies, Food­bank WA pro­vides food for over 51,000 West Aus­tralians ev­ery month.

“The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple we as­sist are liv­ing in low in­come house­holds where they don’t earn enough to make ends meet,” Mr Heb­ble said.

“Christ­mas is a time of ex­tra stress for peo­ple do­ing it tough and our hope is that we can pro­vide enough food at this time to relieve that bur­den.”

Meals on wheels: Food­bank WA staff with some of the 28 wheelie bins of food col­lected by the Ro­tary Club of Dalkeith.

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