Help Santa put Christmas back on the table for hungry West Aussies

 

It should come as no surprise that there are many Western Australians this year who are not sure where their next meal is coming from, if they can feed their children or if they will be able to afford to celebrate Christmas, even in some small way.

This year, Foodbank WA has enlisted Santa’s help to ask Western Australians to support their Christmas Appeal to ensure no child is without food in times of need.

Zooming in from the North Pole, Mr Claus said due to the COVID-19 fallout, he has received a high volume of letters from children across Western Australia who were worried about their families not having enough food this Christmas.

“This makes me see red. For many, through no fault of their own, their Christmas has effectively been cancelled for 2020. Christmas Cancelled? I say No! No! No! Not on my watch,” said Mr Claus.

“Christmas isn’t just a time for opening presents, it’s for opening our hearts. How about this year you go without a Christmas pudding or cut back on my cookies and instead, help me to put Christmas back on the table for hungry West Aussies with a donation to Foodbank WA’s Christmas appeal,” said Mr Claus.

During the height of COVID-19, Foodbank WA continued to provide essential food and groceries to more than 400 charity partners state-wide which assist people in need of emergency food relief.
During this time Foodbank WA employed and trained additional volunteers, as well as transforming their six distribution centres from a traditional grocery shopping experience to a ‘hamper only’ service to comply with the government’s strict health and distancing measures.

The Hon. Kim Beazley, AC Governor of Western Australia and Foodbank WA Patron said without community support thousands of children faced an uncertain Christmas after what has been a tough year for many.

“Foodbank WA does such an incredible job by providing food to vulnerable Western Australians each year, and now it’s our turn to give back to help those who may have been doing it tough this year.

“It is extremely important, now, more than ever, to ensure everyone has a great Christmas, especially children.

“We need to pull together even more strongly to support Foodbank WA this year so they are able to continue to provide essential food and groceries to the many thousands who rely on them in times of hardship,” said Mr Beazley.

Foodbank WA CEO, Greg Hebble, said the sad reality is that families who were struggling before the pandemic have again been the hardest hit.

“Our fundamental belief at Foodbank WA is that no child should go without food, especially at Christmas time,” he said.

“This festive season we are expecting to provide more than 1 million meals for people in need throughout Western Australia, and this is only possible with the generous support from the corporate sector and our community.

“If COVID-19 has taught us nothing else, it is that we are all vulnerable at different times and that the West Australian community is incredibly resilient and giving when faced with adversity,” Mr Hebble said.

“We know that 2020 has been a particularly difficult year for many Western Australians and we need your help so that our most vulnerable are able to enjoy this festive season at least in some small way.”

Help ‘Uncancel Christmas’ for hungry children by donating to Foodbank WA’s Christmas Appeal. Every $1 donated provides 2 meals.