Foodbank WA are calling on people to help with donations

Foodbank Bunbury branch manager Carole Hearn.
Foodbank Bunbury branch manager Carole Hearn.

Foodbank Bunbury manager Carole Hearn is expecting an increase in demand at the end of this month with the end of Jobseeker, Jobkeeper and the Rental Moratorium.

"When the pandemic first started we went really quiet, but it has been getting busier each week now," she said.

"The traces are already there and with the rental problems that will arise there will definitely be an increase because prices will be going up."

To try and alleviate this problem, Foodbank WA are calling on people to be part of the Donation Drive-Thru on Saturday March 27.

The aim of it being a drive-thru is to make it easy for people to come and drop their donations off without getting out of the car.

Foodbank WA staff and volunteers will join forces at our Bunbury branch to help collect food items for vital homeless packs to help support and improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable Western Australians.

Ms Hearn said non-perishable items were the best and easiest thing to donate.

"One can be a meal for someone," she said.

Items with high nutrition value and that can be eaten simply with no preparation and can be stored in a back pack.

Ms Hearn said the donations would still be helpful for people who do find themselves homeless.

"Can always open baked beans, cup of soups or spaghetti. Things that are simple, even though they are homeless they can still use the public bbqs and heat certain things up," she said.

"The past 12 months have been incredibly difficult for so many and we are so grateful that there are plenty of people looking for ways to give back. This is the perfect way to get into the spirit of giving," Foodbank WA chief executive Greg Hebble said.

Telstra general manager Lucy Dufour said it was important to support those in need.

"We are extremely proud to partner with Foodbank WA who have given us the opportunity to volunteer our time for a fantastic cause," she said.

"Food insecurity and homelessness can affect people from all walks of life, we are in a fortunate position we can be there to assist, because we can, it is essential that we do. "

Foodbank WA already provides an average of 500,000 meals every month across our six distribution centres and our Mobile Foodbank service throughout the state and sadly demand is already soaring.

Foodbank WA's drive thru and drop off essential food items will be held between 9am and 12pm on Saturday 27 March at Foodbank Bunbury, 5 Clifford Street,Bunbury WA 6230.