Support for Foodbank WA 2018
Foodbank WA CEO Greg Hebble and Community Fundraising & Events Officer Janie Brackenridge, visited our club this week bringing us up to date with recent developments. Foodbank WA redistributes oversupplied and donated food to those in need. Greg commented that coming to RC Karrinyup is almost like coming home as our club has supported the program for over forty years.
Greg reiterated that the need in WA is greater than ever as so many families are doing it tough. January and February are particularly difficult months. With the extra expense of Christmas and equipping children to return to school, families find they have little funds left over for food. He said the 15% of Australians were food insecure during the last three months. A great number of these are not the homeless but the nation's working poor, who are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. The challenge is how to address and meet this food insecurity.
The School Breakfast Program is one of the most important and unique programs run by Foodbank WA. It supplies food products to registered schools free of charge, to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to receive a wholesome, nutritious breakfast on a regular basis. 18,000 children across 449 schools benefit from the school breakfast program almost every school day.
RC Karrinyup Community Service Director, Peter handed over this year's donation. Greg thanked the Club most sincerely for its generous support over the years.