Foodbank WA & Mission Australia join forces

Foodbank WA and Mission Australia join forces to help Perth’s most vulnerable.

Mission Australia staff and volunteers joined forces at Foodbank’s Perth headquarters on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 December to help put together vital care packs for the more than 1400 attendees expected at Mission Australia’s Christmas Lunch in the Park this year.

Along with personal care products such as shampoo and toothpaste, the care packs also contain a range of non-perishable food items to help them through the days and weeks following the event.

Alongside the Mission Staff from throughout WA are corporate partners such as Property Council WA whose staff will also be lending a hand making sure backpacks are stocked in the lead in to the event.

The packing exercise is just one in a long list of logistical challenges to coordinate in the lead in to what has become one of Mission Australia and Perth’s most significant charity events.

Mission Australia’s State Director WA, Jo Sadler, said the partnership and support that Foodbank WA has given to Mission Australia over the years has been invaluable in terms of helping support and improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable Western Australians.

“Christmas Lunch in the Park is primarily about providing a festive meal, company and entertainment for Perth’s most vulnerable people on Christmas Day who may have otherwise gone without.  However, by linking attendees to support services and providing care packs that include personal care items and non-perishable food, we are able to extend the benefit of the event beyond the day itself,” Ms Sadler said.

“In the community services sector, we rely on partnerships to achieve and maximise our impact.  We have an ongoing partnership with Foodbank that assists us day to day and week to week in supporting Perth’s most vulnerable people with food relief.  At Christmas, our partnership moves up a notch where Foodbank help us to source personal care items and non-perishable food for our Christmas Lunch in the Park care packs. As you can imagine, 1,400 care packs take up a lot of room and Foodbank also allow us to store these at their warehouse near the airport right up until Christmas Eve.”

Foodbank WA CEO, Greg Hebble said that Foodbank is excited to be collaborating again with Mission Australia to provide care packs to their Christmas Lunch guests.

“Mission Australia, Foodbank WA and many other agencies in the sector are regularly providing services for the same cohort of people, so our partnership is an obvious extension of this,

“The community sector coming together to help those in need is something we should be doing more often an, especially at Christmas time when people are incredibly emotional and vulnerable.”

“Well done to Mission Australia on such a wonderful event and we look forward to providing more support for many years to come.” Mr Hebble said.

Now in its 44th year, Mission Australia’s Christmas Lunch in the Park at Perth’s Wellington Square is Australia’s longest running and largest community Christmas event.

From just $25 you can give someone the joy of Christmas lunch shared in the company of others. To donate to this year’s Mission Australia Christmas Lunch in the Park please visit www.christmaslunchinthepark.com.au