MORE than 7000 West Australians are turned away from charities empty handed every month due to a lack of food.
Foodbank Peel is aiming to reduce this number by teaming up with Peel Alehouse.
Peel Alehouse in Halls Head will be a drop off point for food, providing locals with another way to donate to help feed hungry families this Christmas.
Foodbank Peel branch manager Megan Reynolds said she hoped the collection box at Peel Alehouse would increase food donations at a time of year when requests for food were at an all time high.
“We are in desperate need of more food as the product that we rescue isn’t enough to go around at this time of year,” she said.
“The donated food will not only help us fill our shelves, it also helps provide a greater variety of foods for families wanting to prepare a good meal.”
Foodbank Peel relies on surplus and donated products from food retailers, manufacturers, primary producers and the general public to provide more than 500,000 meals annually.
Peel Alehouse assistant manager Chantelle Smith-Greenwood said every family was different.
“This food drive is an opportunity for us to not only help others in need, but families who aren’t so fortunate,” she said.
The food drive will run until Sunday, December 4.
Kids can eat free on Friday, December 2 all day when two cans of food are donated.
To donate online visit foodbankwa.org.au
Non-perishable food is collected for the community food drive.
The most popular food items include canned tuna, canned ham, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soup, canned spaghetti, black tea bags and tinned pasta sauce.
Foodbank Peel is largest hunger relief organisation in the region
They provide more than half a million meals a year to about 30 charities and 30 schools.
Each year Foodbank Peel distributes 1 million kilograms of food and groceries – that is the equivalent of about 1500 meals a day.