Gold Coasters urged to help Foodbank feed families in need this Christmas

Gold Coasters are being encouraged to donate non-perishable grocery items to help put food on the table for thousands of local families in need this Christmas.

Collection cages have been set up outside Coles and Woolworths at Australia Fair Shopping Centre with all items to be donated to Foodbank, a charity providing food relief to 100,000 Queenslanders every week.

According to Foodbank, children account for half of those relying on food relief, with the working poor increasingly asking for help to feed their families.


Foodbank Ambassador Natalie Gruzlewski said even the smallest donation, such as tin of baked beans or a jar of Vegemite, really helps.

“I have seen the work that Foodbank does in the local community, and every item of food you donate into a supermarket cage goes directly to those Queenslanders who need it most,” Ms Gruzlewski said.

This is the ninth year Retail First Centres across South East Queensland including Australia Fair have teamed up with All Purpose Transport to raise and deliver food donations for Foodbank.

Australia Fair general manager Ramon Otten said this year they are on a mission to raise 40 tonnes of food donations.

“Given that so many families on the Gold Coast are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table, going without food has become a major problem that is a little closer to home than many of us may think,” Mr Otten said.

“The generosity of our community will be the key element in the success of this important campaign, and we would love to see every shopper get involved just by purchasing a few extra non-perishable food items, which can then be dropped directly into the collection cages outside each of the supermarkets in the Centre.”

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