Woolworths store managers joined forces as the ‘SOUPer Squad’ to help Foodbank Peel provide more meals to locals who are struggling this winter.
Store managers from the Rockingham, Baldivis, Waikiki, Secret Harbour, Warnbro, Singleton, Greenfields, Mandurah Forum, Mandurah Central, Miami visited the local food charity to serve soup to customers and gain an insight into the growing issue of food insecurity in the region. They also donated enough canned soup to provide 225 meals and worked alongside Foodbank volunteers to sort food donations.
Foodbank Peel Manager Megan Reynolds said, “I’m thrilled to have this level of interest and support from local Woolworth’s store managers. Not only is it a solid demonstration of their commitment to helping others in the community, this is a chance for them to see how food donations have such a positive impact on those who rely on us for a meal. For many it’s the difference between eating or going without. ”
Woolworths Singleton Manager, Suzette Ford said, “we’ve been supporting Foodbank Peel since opening our store in November last year. If we can’t sell a product, we would rather it go to charity to feed someone rather than throwing it in the bin or going to landfill.”
“It was great to see the customers coming in and choosing the food. It really makes you feel good,” Ms Ford said.
Foodbank Peel provides more than 50,000 meals a month to people in need throughout the Peel region. The bulk of the food is donated by supermarkets, farmers, wholesalers and manufactures. Demand for food currently outweighs supply so the hunger relief charity also purchases a range of basic, every day foods, that are in high demand and yet rarely donated.
Ms Reynolds said poverty and the high cost of living are the main reasons why people are unable to purchase enough food for themselves and their families. Winter is a particularly difficult time for people, as the bills “sky-rocket” and little money left over for food.
“This is just the beginning of a great partnership, so I’m really excited to see what impact we can make by continuing to work together,” said Ms Reynolds
To donate to Foodbank Peel visit www.foodbankwa.org.au or call 9581 9200.