Feed Appeal to the rescue for hungry Australians

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MORE than four million ordinary Australians could not afford to feed themselves or their families at some point last year.

And almost two-thirds of community charities surveyed said they could not keep up with the demand for help, Foodbank Australia’s 2018 report revealed.

Community News is stepping up to do something about this.

We are launching the Feed WA Appeal, part of a national Feed Appeal fundraiser in conjunction with News Corp Australia’s publications in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

Just 50c donated to the Feed WA Appeal can provide a meal for someone in need.

Feed Appeal chief executive Katherine Gokavi-Whaley said 100 per cent of donations went to food banks, soup kitchens and community meals programs helping people in your neighbourhood.

Money raised will buy kitchen and storage equipment to help charities make the most of rescued food that would otherwise have gone to waste and help purchase essentials so food banks can keep up with demand.

The appeal started in Victoria in 2008 as a local bid to raise $10,000 for a struggling community kitchen.

It grew into the Feed Melbourne Appeal, which has since raised in excess of $5 million for more than 280 food relief charities.

Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting the Feed Melbourne Appeal since 2017 and was proud to back its national expansion.

Foundation chief executive Robert Forrester said the appeal was effective because it did not offer a one-size fits all solution to hunger and recognised the hard work and experience of community charities on the frontline.

The Feed WA Appeal is in collaboration with Community News and powered by Newman’s Own Foundation.

What is it? A campaign to raise money to help food charities collect and store food and distribute it to people doing it tough. Last year’s campaign raised enough money to give $10,000 grants to 27 food charities.

To learn more, donate or apply for a grant, go to feedappeal.org.au and follow the links