TAKING a tin of food with you to hospital may not be the norm, but Foodbank WA and Fiona Stanley Hospital are encouraging people to do just that.
The hospital is supporting Foodbank’s Christmas food appeal, with collection boxes placed across the campus to encourage staff, patients and visitors to donate non-perishable food items.
The donated food will be distributed by Foodbank WA to people in need.
Foodbank WA currently feeds more than 53,000 people a month, but there are thousands more who go without due to a lack of available food.
Demand peaks around Christmas and even with food donated by major retailers, primary producers and wholesalers, Foodbank struggles to keep up.
Items like tinned fruits, vegetables, tuna and ham are always in demand, along with core ingredients such as pasta and rice.
Festive foods also help provide some cheer to families doing it tough at Christmas.
Fiona Stanley Hospital executive director Paul Forden said the hospital was proud to support people in need in the community.
“We are delighted to share the spirit of giving this Christmas, particularly with those who are in need,” Mr Forden said.
Foodbank WA collection boxes at the hospital will be open until December 12.