Foodbank WA is urging local schools to sign up for its annual School Food Appeal during term two to help struggling West Australian kids and their families access meals this winter.
To launch the appeal, Super Fruity has partnered with West Coast Eagles’ team mascot, Rick the Rock. The pair will present a trophy to the school that collects the largest volume of food overall, and the school that collects the largest volume.
The not-for-profit food relief organisation feeds more than 94,000 West Australians each month, more than a third are children. It’s estimated that 13,000 more go without each month due to the lack of available food. The majority of people assisted are the working poor and single parent families.
“The high cost of living is the main cause of food insecurity, and as the weather cools the situation worsens for families who are already desperately trying to keep a roof over their head, pay their bills and provide enough food for themselves and their children to eat,” said Greg Hebble, CEO Foodbank WA.
The School Food Appeal helps Foodbank WA tackle the growing issue of child hunger by providing additional non-perishable food donations for its branches located in Perth, Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Peel.
Last year, fifty-five schools participated throughout the state and donated enough food to provide 14,098 meals. Foodbank WA urgently needs more schools show their support this year.
“It’s never too early to teach kids the importance of charity and how small actions, such as donating food, can have a huge impact on those who are less fortunate,” Mr Hebble said.
Foodbank’s School Food Appeal runs from Monday 28 May – Friday 15 June Term 2. To register please visit www.foodbankwa.org.au and join the conversation online using #EndChildHunger and #NoRumbling Tummies.