Kyabram Free Press

Woollies driven to help families

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Woolworths Kyabram has launched a Local Community Food Drive to help support the town’s charities to deliver high-priority food-relief items to people in need in the leadup to Christmas.

The week-long initiative will kick off on Wednesday, November 3, and Kyabram customers are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items into the specially marked Local Community Food Drive trolley in-store.

According to the latest Foodbank Hunger Report, one in six adults haven’t had enough to eat in the past year and 1.2 million children have gone hungry during the same period. Additional­ly, one in three Australian­s struggling to meet their food needs are new to the experience, demonstrat­ing the impact COVID-19 has had on communitie­s.

Donated items will be distribute­d either directly to a store’s local community food relief charity partner, or via one of Woolworths’ major food relief partners, such as Ozharvest, Fareshare and Foodbank, and their network of local charities they support, to ensure Kyabram residents in need receive the donated essential food items.

“Food insecurity continues to be a real issue in communitie­s across Australia and the past year has made it even more difficult for a growing number of families to access nutritious food and essentials,” Woolworths Kyabram store manager Brad Lovejoy said.

“As Today’s Fresh Food People, we’re committed to supporting local communitie­s and helping those less fortunate, particular­ly as we head into the festive season.

“I encourage Kyabram customers to join us and make a donation to the Woolworths Local Community Food Drive when they shop with us.

“By simply adding a non-perishable product in the specially marked trolley, you will be helping someone in need in our local community.”

Items that have been identified by local charities as the core range of essential food relief items needed by individual­s and families include: breakfast cereals; UHT and evaporated milk; pasta, rice and instant noodles; coffee and tea bags; canned fish or meat; canned fruit and vegetables; soups and simmer sauces; spreads (peanut butter, honey, jam); baked beans and spaghetti; and baby foods.

Kyabram customers can donate in-store at Woolworths Kyabram from November 3 to 9.

 ?? ?? Food drive: Allycia Schwartz, Woolworths’ in-store marketing production and projects specialist.
Food drive: Allycia Schwartz, Woolworths’ in-store marketing production and projects specialist.

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