Foodbank WA urges shoppers to make donation at Melville Plaza


Foodbank WA chief executive Greg Hebble and Hawaiian’s Kate O’Hara at the Giving Box in Melville Plaza.
Foodbank WA chief executive Greg Hebble and Hawaiian’s Kate O’Hara at the Giving Box in Melville Plaza.

MORE families than ever are doing it tough this Christmas and so Melville Plaza shoppers are being encouraged to make a donation to the Hawaiian Giving Box this month.

Non-perishable food and gifts can be placed in the box, with the items then distributed by Foodbank WA.

Foodbank WA chief executive Greg Hebble said demand for his organisation’s services spiked over the Christmas period.

“Hunger doesn’t break for the holidays, which is why we’re hoping that the spirit of Christmas shines through and that people who can afford to donate do so,” he said.

“I think it’s part of human nature to want to help someone and the generosity of those who donate will most definitely bring joy to people who otherwise would have a fairly bleak festive season.”

“These days we’re finding that there is no typical Foodbank client.

“We’re seeing people from all walks of life, including the working poor, some who have lost well-paying jobs and others who have been struck down by an illness that completely changed their life.”

Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organisation in Western Australia.

Every month they help feed 53,000 West Australians but are forced to turn a further 7000 away because of food shortages.