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The Recipe for Millions of Meals

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This year, Foodbank WA celebrates 21 years of providing food relief to people and families in times of need. 

Foodbank WA rescues edible, but surplus food and groceries from farmers, manufacturers and retailers and redistributes it through more than 900 welfare agency partners and schools who provide food hampers, prepared meals and emergency parcels.

In the last 12 months Foodbank WA distributed enough food to create over 5.6 million meals for families and people in need. More than 51,000 Western Australian’s are helped each month – 16,000 are children.

The current economic climate means more people are turning to charity who would never have dreamed of seeking such support in the past. Foodbank helps support traditionally vulnerable groups like seniors, the unemployed and homeless people. However, research shows that 74% of the people they help in WA are from low income families. They are not unemployed - they simply don’t bring in enough money to make ends meet.

Theresa’s story

Theresa is both a volunteer at Foodbank WA and someone who’s been grateful for their long-term support.

Eight years ago, Teresa’s daughter and oldest grandchild were killed in a car accident. Two of her grandchildren survived the crash but were left with varying degrees of emotional and physical damage. 

Theresa became a Share Carer for the children, aged 3 and 5, with their father. Times were tough as she was a single grandparent receiving no support payments. Local charity, Wanslea Family Services, offered to help – and as part of their support, put Teresa in touch with Foodbank WA who provided her with access to food support for herself and her grandchildren.

Grateful for Foodbank’s support, Teresa became a volunteer for the organisation and not only enjoys helping others, but values the friendships and networks she has formed.

Today, Teresa is the full-time career and custodian of the children who are now 14 and 12. She now receives benefits, but being able to shop at Foodbank makes her dollar go further and allows her to support the needs of her growing teenage grandchildren. 

Teresa is typical of the people who need Foodbank’s support. A tragic accident, an unexpected event or simply losing your job can happen to anyone. You might find yourself in a situation where you have to assume full or part time care of your grandchildren without warning. Support systems like Foodbank and Wanslea then become essential to help make ends meet.

Grandparents like Theresa access the equivalent of more than 300,000 meals a year from Foodbank. 

Any money saved on food can be used by grand carers for other essential items to allow their grandchildren to participate more fully in school and life. Foodbank also ensures they get access to healthier food and meals than they may otherwise be able to afford.

Please help Hawaiian and Foodbank WA give families like Theresa, a Christmas they will never forget.

This year, Foodbank WA celebrates 21 years of providing food relief to people and families in times of need. 
Foodbank WA rescues edible, but surplus food and groceries from farmers, manufacturers and retailers and redistributes it through more than 900 welfare agency partners and schools who provide food hampers, prepared meals and emergency parcels.
In the last 12 months Foodbank WA distributed enough food to create over 5.6 million meals for families and people in need. More than 51,000 Western Australian’s are helped each month – 16,000 are children.
The current economic climate means more people are turning to charity who would never have dreamed of seeking such support in the past. Foodbank helps support traditionally vulnerable groups like seniors, the unemployed and homeless people. However, research shows that 74% of the people they help in WA are from low income families. They are not unemployed - they simply don’t bring in enough money to make ends meet.
Theresa’s story
Theresa is both a volunteer at Foodbank WA and someone who’s been grateful for their long-term support.
Eight years ago, Teresa’s daughter and oldest grandchild were killed in a car accident. Two of her grandchildren survived the crash but were left with varying degrees of emotional and physical damage. 
Theresa became a Share Carer for the children, aged 3 and 5, with their father. Times were tough as she was a single grandparent receiving no support payments. Local charity, Wanslea Family Services, offered to help – and as part of their support, put Teresa in touch with Foodbank WA who provided her with access to food support for herself and her grandchildren.
Grateful for Foodbank’s support, Teresa became a volunteer for the organisation and not only enjoys helping others, but values the friendships and networks she has formed.
Today, Teresa is the full-time career and custodian of the children who are now 14 and 12. She now receives benefits, but being able to shop at Foodbank makes her dollar go further and allows her to support the needs of her growing teenage grandchildren. 
Teresa is typical of the people who need Foodbank’s support. A tragic accident, an unexpected event or simply losing your job can happen to anyone. You might find yourself in a situation where you have to assume full or part time care of your grandchildren without warning. Support systems like Foodbank and Wanslea then become essential to help make ends meet.
Grandparents like Theresa access the equivalent of more than 300,000 meals a year from Foodbank. 
Any money saved on food can be used by grand carers for other essential items to allow their grandchildren to participate more fully in school and life. Foodbank also ensures they get access to healthier food and meals than they may otherwise be able to afford.
Please help Hawaiian and Foodbank WA give families like Theresa, a Christmas they will never forget.