Foodbank finishes delivering 390 hampers to vulnerable Mullewa residents

Michael RobertsMidwest Times
Mullewa police officer Charlie Turner helping deliver a emergency food hamper.
Camera IconMullewa police officer Charlie Turner helping deliver a emergency food hamper.

While many Mullewa residents make the hour-long road trip to Geraldton for their weekly food shopping, it is not always a viable option for vulnerable residents under financial stress.

Foodbank WA CEO Kate O’Hara said the price of a trolley full of basic groceries in remote communities could be much higher than the price paid in a regional centre.

Ms O’Hara said unemployment and lack of transport left many wondering where their next meal would come from.

“We know that transport can be a barrier for people to access good quality and affordable food,” she said.

“This is particularly heightened for regional and remote communities where people may need to travel further, and costs at the local supermarket are often higher.”

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Over the past six months, Foodbank has been delivering emergency food relief hampers to 30 families in Mullewa, with the last of 390 essential packages making the trip from Geraldton last week.

A cash grant from rail freight company Aurizon funded the program, with police, teachers and Mission Australia helping distribute the hampers.

“Our essential food hampers provide everyday essentials to help families with their groceries for the week,” Ms O’Hara said.

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