Banking on generosity

Salome Candy, Lizzi4e Fairall, Fiona Cox and Ruth Aspinall with food hampers. Picture: Jon Hewson.  d447901.
Salome Candy, Lizzi4e Fairall, Fiona Cox and Ruth Aspinall with food hampers. Picture: Jon Hewson. d447901.

LOCALS in need will be able to enjoy a delicious Christmas meal this year after Foodbank WA donated 80 hampers to the Fremantle Emergency Food Relief Network.

The hampers, filled with staples like pasta and rice, canned fruit and Vegemite, will be handed out just in time for Christmas to community members in need from the Fremantle Emergency Food Relief Network’s 18 partnering organisations, which include church agencies, food relief charities and financial counsellors.

South Metropolitan Population Health Unit health promotion officer Ruth Aspinall said the Network’s focus was to provide healthy food for people in need in the Fremantle, Melville and Cockburn areas.

“Initiatives such as this go a long way towards ensuring vulnerable communities are able to experience a nutritional Christmas lunch,” she said.

“These communities continually face barriers to good nutrition not only over the Christmas period but also throughout the whole year, and are at risk of obesity and associated health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.”

The Fremantle Emergency Food Relief Network meets quarterly, sharing information and resources to help support local community members.

For more information, email Ruth on ruth.aspinall@health.wa.gov.au or call 9431 0256.