Facility offers relief

The Centre for Hunger Relief has already begun to provide much-needed food resources to welfare agencies across the State. It currently supplies about 60 per cent of food relief distributed throughout WA.

Last year, Foodbank WA supplied more than four million meals to individuals and families and anticipates this will rise to more than 6.6 million meals by 2019.

The centre has major backing from the State Government, BHP Billiton, Lotterywest and the Perth Airport.

Premier Colin Barnett toured the new building and said the State Government, through the Department for Communities and Lotterywest, had provided a $12.3 million investment.

�Foodbank WA does a tremendous job in providing the majority of food now distributed by the welfare sector,� he said. �It has really led the way in creating a massive logistical network to ensure food gets delivered to locations around the State.�

The new location will also act as a hub of food security and nutritional information, with the addition of a dedicated education and training centre.

Combined with a commercial kitchen and productive garden, the new space will support and raise awareness of the charity�s various programs dedicated to nutritional health of adults, children and at-risk-youth.

Foodbank chief executive Greg Hebble said creating food security involved more than feeding people.

�So while we are currently supplying food to over 51,000 people and families a month, we are also working to expand our education programs so that we can help more people build their knowledge around shopping, budgeting and cooking so they are better equipped to take care of themselves and their children,� he said.

With welfare agencies in WA currently unable to assist as many as 9000 people each month, the new facility will allow it to rescue, receive, buy, store and make more food than before. See .