Foodbank Bunbury swamped with orders, struggling to re-stock shelves

Helping hands: Foodbank Bunbury volunteer Sheila Howard and Foodbank Bunbury manager Carol Hearn. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Helping hands: Foodbank Bunbury volunteer Sheila Howard and Foodbank Bunbury manager Carol Hearn. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Due to the increased demand for food and other essential items, the team at Foodbank Bunbury are now struggling to keep up.

In February, Foodbank Bunbury distributed 90,000 meals to those less fortunate throughout the South-West region.

The Davenport premises has run out of several items including breakfast cereals, baked beans, spaghetti, and tinned vegetables, and will soon run out of fresh produce.

Impacted by the rise in customer numbers over the past few weeks, the organisation is reaching out to the state government and local businesses for financial support.

Foodbank Bunbury manager Carol Hearn said "panic buying" has caused a significant amount of distress within the community.

"It's a rat race...it's surreal. We've now got a lot of people coming here who we've never seen before," she said.

"We've still got fruit, but we don't have the variety that we had previously."

Ms Hearn said the group required more donations to meet the current demand for emergency food assistance.

"At the rate it's going now, I don't know how long we can last. We're now rationing it, and we'll try to make it last as long as possible," Ms Hearn said, adding that customers had been respectful.

"I never thought I'd see the day we'd be rationing our supplies. It's unbelievable."

Foodbank WA distributed 464,000 meals to registered charities providing emergency food assistance last month, up 20 per cent compared to February last year.

Visit foodbank.org.au or contact (08) 9258 9277 for more information or to make a donation.