People unemployed or on low incomes will benefit through Lotteries Commission grants totalling $685,000 approved by Racing and Gaming Minister Pam Beggs.
The grants are for community-based groups in the metropolitan area and country towns.
The low-cost food provider Second Harvest in Belmont has received $320,000 towards the cost of a new warehouse.
"Second Harvest is enabling people with low incomes to buy basic food at a price they can afford," Mrs Beggs said.
"In particular, it supplies low-cost food to Health Care card holders and recipients of social security pensions and benefits through 18 city and country outlets.
"It also advises people on the most economical shopping and cooking methods.
"The grant recognises Second Harvest's value as a volunteer-backed group that helps the needy while avoiding direct competition with small retailers."
Mrs Beggs said a condition of the grant was that the organisation's current premises in Belmont were handed over to the Lotteries Commission.
The commission would either sell the building to fund other grants or take up one of several options to use the building for community use.
Mrs Beggs said the grants totalling almost $175,000 had been made to community organisations that helped people find employment or enhance their skills.
Project Youth Employ had been allocated $81,000 and the Belmont, Cannington and Peel District Skillshare organisations had received grants of between $27,000 and $30,000.
"Project Employ Youth is an exciting Youthfest '92 initiative," Mrs Beggs said.
"PEY aims to identify job opportunities, inform employers about Government subsidies and other employment options and help young people to make suitable work choices."
Other grants were:
· the Lupis Group of WA - $10,000 for office and printing needs;
· Dalwallinu Shire Council - $14,000 for an aged person's hostel;
· Riding for the Disabled - $39,000 to help locate the group in the State Equestrian Centre at Brigadoon;
· Eastern Districts Local Enterprise Agency, Narembeen - $7750 towards the cost of furniture and office equipment;
· Aboriginal Medical Service - $38,000 to refurbish an old people's home in East Perth;
· Carnarvon Child Care and Neighbourhood Centre - $23,198 to renovate a building in the plantation area for use as a child care centre.