Foodbank reaches out for community donations

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Foodbank Albany is desperately appealing to the public for food donations.

Foodbank manager Rod Pfeiffer said numbers of people using the service had doubled, with up to 30 people a day seeking emergency food relief.

“Only two years ago we had around 15 people a day coming in for help — now more than twice that,” he said. “Demand is up 9 per cent on last year.

“In August we distributed 15 tonnes of food.

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“That’s around 30,000 meals and we simply can’t get enough food donated.”

Stocks are low at Albany Foodbank.
Camera IconStocks are low at Albany Foodbank. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Mr Pfeiffer said under-employment was a big issue in Albany, with some people working one, two or three days a week.

“These people are doing all they can but it’s not enough to pay their bills and put food on the table and we’ve also got people slipping through the cracks who don’t want to ask for help,” he said.

“We’re doing OK for some staple foods, but food that we normally never run out of like tinned tomatoes, pasta, long-life milk, and tinned spaghetti are out of stock, and there’s no end in sight.”

Mr Pfeiffer has now called on community groups, businesses and schools to organise can drives by putting a Foodbank box where people could donate.

“People get caught short and that’s why we are here to help, but everything helps and we are so grateful for all the support from the community,” he said.

If you can help, donate online via foodbankwa.org.au or phone Mr Pfeiffer to organise a food drive on 9842 0284.

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