Foodbank Geraldton celebrated its first year in its new distribution centre yesterday with staff, volunteers, supporters and special guests.
Since commencing operation in the new purpose built facility, Foodbank Geraldton has provided 904,427 meals to people in need through its network of over 36 registered charities.
Foodbank Geraldton Relief Manager Jamie O’Brien said “we have always provided a great service to people in need and now we have the environment to match. It’s a pleasure to come to work every day, knowing that our customers feel better about the situation they have found themselves in. Times might be tough and money might be tight but they leave with their dignity intact.”
“Our first birthday was our chance to say thank you to the staff, volunteers and supporters who have made this all possible. Our new home not only provides the extra space needed to source and distribute enough food to meet the increasing need, it has also allowed us to bring our adult nutrition education program to Geraldton, which has been really well received.”
To mark the occasion the Honourable Martin Aldridge MLC presented Foodbank Geraldton Manager Jamie O’Brien with a mandarin tree to plant in the community garden.
Mr Aldridge said, “Foodbank Geraldton has done tremendous work in the Mid-West and it is one of my most memorable moments as a local MP to jointly open the much needed and expanded Geraldton branch.”
“This is an excellent example of how Royalties for Regions has made a big difference to regional communities and in this case supported those most disadvantaged among us. I wish Foodbank well with their plans to expand existing centres in regional WA and new centres as they look north to the Pilbara and Kimberley regions.”
Mr O’Brien explained that while the not-for-profit is grateful for the support it already receives, there is more that can be done for those families who are going without a meal.
We recently had to replace our ‘Go Gero ‘ van, which is used to provide food to those who can’t access our branch. We are looking for a sponsor to help fund the purchase, so that we can continue to provide this vital service.
The not-for-profit also provides a nutritious breakfast to 32 registered School Breakfast Program Schools throughout the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions.