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Christmas Food Drive 2018
What is Foodbank?
Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. It was first established in 1992 in NSW and now has a presence in every state and the Northern Territory with distribution centres in all state capitals as well as a number of regional centres.
Each year 400,000 Queenslanders experience food insecurity- around half of them are children. That’s 1 in every 10 people.
Despite almost two decades of economic growth nearly a quarter of the population still live in low economic resource households and 12.8% live below the poverty line. The prices of essentials like food, health, education, housing, utilities and transport have climbed so much in recent years that people who are already struggling are susceptible to sudden bill shock and financial disadvantage. The current economic climate means people are turning to a charity who would never have dreamed of seeking such support in the past. So it’s not just traditionally vulnerable groups such as the homeless seeking food relief, but also the aged, single parents and the working poor.
Charities, which only exist to meet a need, are experiencing an alarming increase in demand. In the last twelve months, Foodbank has experienced an 11% increase in community groups seeking food assistance. Charities report having to turn away 134 people a month on average – 72 of whom are children.
How can You help?
If you would like to help; you can donate any unopened, non-perishable food items to our First National The Pines office: Shop 65 Pines Shopping Centre, Elanora QLD prior to the 7th of December.
**Please note: all donations must be sealed and unopened. Please check expiration dates before donating; Foodbank and First National will not accept expired donations.
What can you donate?
This Christmas; let’s do our part in helping to put food on the plates of those less fortunate. Every bit of kindness counts!
Christmas Food Drive 2018 palmbeachfn.com.au November 2018 First National Palm Beach
by Carissa Dobrowolski
Cnr of 6th Ave & Cypress Terrace, Palm Beach, QLD 4221 Ph: 07 5559 9600