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Foodbank WA

Meeting our most basic need

Story shared by: Doug Paling – Foodbank WA

“Directing food which would otherwise be wasted to people in need was the prime motivation for establishing Foodbank. For the first time in WA people of all walks, races, colours and creeds came together for the common good, to feed those in need. From 24 October 1994, when Foodbank WA came into being, we rapidly won the support of corporations.

We learned that up to 16 percent of children going to some schools had no breakfast and in some cases no dinner the night before. We asked corporates for a little money to get enough food to the schools. For the dozen schools in the first year the Breakfast Program gave kids weet-bix and milk, canned fruits, vegemite, fresh fruit where possible, and other products.

When I left a couple of years ago, they were close to having rescued over 25 million kilograms of food that would have constituted 250,000 cubic metres of landfill. A Curtin University study showed that Foodbank WA was worth $20 million annually to the community.”

Watch this story shared by ‘Butch’ from the Foodbank warehouse in Kalgoorlie

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