FOODBANK SA PRIMARY FOOD RELIEF CHARITY FOR SA BUSH FIRES
Foodbank SA has been appointed as the primary organisation to support food relief efforts for recent bush fires in South Australia. Foodbank SA have been authorised to coordinate all activities related to food relief requirements including the receiving of food donations and distribution of food relief to those areas impacted by the devastating bush fires across the state. These zones include Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills region.
Foodbank SA CEO Greg Pattinson said Foodbank would co-ordinate the food relief effort for the bush fires, and urged South Australians not to drop off food at the Emergency Relief Centres or any other locations but to take it to Foodbank allocated locations across the state.
“Foodbank’s role is to get the right type and amount of food, to the right people at the right time. We have seen amazing support and call outs by well-meaning members of the community but we need to ensure there is a coordinated approach. I can’t stress enough that a managed approach via Foodbank will streamline delivery to the centres on the ground, reduce wasted effort and ensure those in need are truly supported.” Mr Pattinson said.
“For many South Australians, they are wanting to know how they can support those impacted. If the community are wanting to donate food, toiletries and other essentials, they can deliver these donations to Foodbank SA, 377 Cross Road Edwardstown or one of our several Food Hubs across the state.
Foodbank SA Warehouse, 377 Cross Road Edwardstown. Open between 9am to 4pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Foodbank Food Hub Bowden, 77 Gibson Street, Bowden. Open between 9am to 4pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Foodbank Food Hub Elizabeth, 91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth. Open between 9:30am to 2:30pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Foodbank Food Hub Christies Beach, 59-61 Beach Road, Christies Beach. Open between (9am to 4pm) (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Foodbank volunteers have been working behind the scenes preparing food relief and a dedicated volunteer team are already in place sorting and distributing food relief requirements.
State Manager Emergency Functional Relief Support Group Paul Reardon said it was important for people to drop food donations at the right place.
“We know the South Australian community is extremely generous when it comes to helping communities affected by bushfires,” Mr Reardon said.
“It is important that those well-meaning in the community do not head into fire zones, or to Emergency Relief Centres to make a donation. It is recommended that these food donations are made at Foodbank to allow a managed food relief effort. Foodbank can then store and coordinate the distribution as and when needed on the ground.”