About Foodbank WA
Foodbank WA is the state’s largest food relief organisation providing over 6.4 million meals a year to people in need, which is over half a million meals every month. We fight hunger by providing quality food to people in need and delivering nutrition education that promotes healthy eating for healthier bodies, minds and futures.
We work with the entire food and grocery industry to source surplus and donated products and we also collaborate with industry and government on innovative programs to produce key pantry staples. This enables us to supply more than 900 charity partners and schools with the provisions they need to fight hunger in the community.
Who does Foodbank help?
Foodbank is the largest provider of vital food and groceries to charities providing emergency food assistance around Australia and we also play a key role in times of community emergency and natural disasters.
Prior to COVID-19, the main groups accessing food relief were families living on a low income, the unemployed, single-parent families, the homeless and people with mental illness. Since March this year, some of these groups have become even more vulnerable and are needing to access food relief more often. Young Australians are much more likely to be doing it tough as a result of the pandemic. With this generation more likely to be working casually, many have lost
their source of income or had their income reduced.
While COVID-19 has made life even more difficult for those who are already-vulnerable, it has also launched others into food insecurity for the first time. Almost a third of Australians experiencing food insecurity in 2020 (28%) had never experienced it before COVID-19*.
Foodbank WA also provides a range of healthy eating and education programs to build the capacity of children and adults to improve their health and wellbeing. Our School Breakfast Program is the largest in Australia and stretches from remote Kimberley schools to Esperance feeding over 21,000 children every week across 490 schools.
Our Food Sensations® education program makes learning to cook and eat healthy foods fun. We deliver programs to people of all ages throughout the state.
While COVID-19 has made life even more difficult for those who are already-vulnerable, it has also launched others into food insecurity for the first time. The casual workforce, newly
unemployed and international students are some of the hardest hit.
Food Insecurity in Western Australia
Join us in the Fight Against Hunger
There are many other ways you can help Foodbank fight hunger:
While most of the food Foodbank WA distributes is otherwise destined for landfill, donations are declining so they also rely on financial donations to purchase Everyday Food Essentials such as rice, pasta, pasta sauce and canned fruit and vegetables to keep up with demand. Every $1 you donate will help provide 2 meals.
Foodbank WA relies on the generosity of national and local food donors who choose to donate surplus food instead of letting it go to waste. As long as the food is still safe to consume, Foodbank WA will take it and make sure it gets to people in need.
Whether it’s your work, school, church, community group or sporting club, food drives are a great way to help raise awareness of hunger and to collect food for Foodbank WA to assist people in need.
Individual volunteers and corporate groups help Foodbank WA tackle the growing issue of hunger in Western Australia all year round. As demand for food relief continues to grow, volunteers remain vital to their success. Sign up to Foodbank WA’s e-newsletter or follow on social media to find out more about volunteering opportunities.