Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today presented Foodbank WA with $3million to help fund the organisation’s new distribution warehouse at Perth Airport.
The multi-million dollar cheque is the last instalment in a $6million funding package from the State Government for the Foodbank WA 2030 project, which will see the organisation dramatically increase its food distribution.
“Foodbank WA does exceptional work providing relief to families by rescuing surplus food from the food industry and distributing it to organisations that support those in need,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“More than 600 charitable organisations across the State receive fresh, frozen and packaged food supplies from Foodbank WA and the construction of a new warehouse will enable this service to grow.”
Foodbank chief executive Greg Hebble said the organisation was currently distributing 2.7 million kilograms of food a year to struggling families through community agencies but was aiming to increase this to five million kilograms a year by 2015.
“We appreciate the ongoing support from the State Government - we couldn’t do it without them,” Mr Hebble said.
“We currently have about 40 pallets of stock off-site that can’t fit into our Welshpool warehouse so the new premises are very much needed.”
$3m allocated to Foodbank in 2012-13 State Budget
This comes on top of $3m allocated in previous Budgets
Foodbank WA receives regular donations from more than 350 food manufacturers and retailers
Employs 42 full-time and part-time staff (including 11 people with disabilities)
Employs up to 150 volunteers
Five regional centres: Albany, Geraldton, Bunbury, Peel and Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Minister’s office - 6552 6500