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Foodbank Bunbury Partner with South32 to Deliver Food Relief to the South West

Residents of the South West struggling to put food on their tables will have more support thanks to a three year partnership between Foodbank Bunbury and South32.

The commitment will help Foodbank Bunbury to expand our Mobile Foodbank service in the South West, reaching more people who need food assistance. The essential funding support will also assist with operational and equipment expenses.

South32 employees will also volunteer with Foodbank WA, help to pack hampers that are distributed amongst the network which are more in demand than ever.

Kate O’Hara, CEO Foodbank WA said “The commitment from South32 to the Bunbury branch and its Mobile Foodbank service over the next three years guarantees support to help the most vulnerable members within the region and overall is an amazing representation of South32’s commitment to helping the WA community.”

“With the support from South32, Foodbank WA is in a stronger position to continue as the leading food relief charity within Western Australia, and specifically in the South West region. The infrastructure of our system and our staff are on the frontline to meet the demand for food relief and be able to take the extra, necessary development steps forward towards ending hunger within Western Australia.”

South32 Worsley Alumina Vice President Operations Erwin Schaufler said “We’re proud to partner with Foodbank WA to ensure quality food and grocery items reach those in Western Australia’s South West who need it most.

“Our commitment of A$450,000 over three years will support Foodbank Bunbury to expand emergency mobile food delivery services across the region, including the communities surrounding our Worsley Alumina operation. It will also support improvements to Foodbank Bunbury’s warehouse facilities.

“Our team is looking forward to volunteering with Foodbank WA to assist in packaging its food hampers, which we know can make a big difference to those experiencing financial difficulty.”

Foodbank WA currently support 26 agencies in the South West with more than 647,093kg’s of food distributed in the last financial year which equates to more than 1.1 million meals. Kate O’Hara said the need for food relief in the region was significant.

Food Assistance is available to anyone struggling to access or afford food. Phone the Emergency Relief & Food Assistance Hotline 1800 979 777, Monday to Friday 9.00am -5.00pm.

 

Media contact: 
Moira Aynsley
Marketing and Communications Manager
moira.aynsley@foodbankwa.org.au