Community members are being encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to the Murray Community Food Drive and help ease the plight of those in need, this Anti-Poverty Week.
The Shire of Murray’s annual food drive will run from 15 – 28 October.
“Items collected will assist the Pinjarra Community Kitchen with meal provision for Murray community members who are homeless or under severe financial constraint,” said Shire President Cr. Maree Reid.
Collection bins will be set up at several locations throughout the district including Pinjarra Senior High School, North Dandalup and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Schools, Austin Lakes IGA, the Canal Shop in South Yunderup, North Yunderup Café, Spud Shed, Coolup General Store, Murray Library, Murray Leisure Centre and at the Shire of Murray Administration Office.
Donations can include tinned food, cereal, muesli bars and snacks, rice, pasta, baby supplies, crackers, biscuits, tea, coffee, sugar, food spreads, jar and packet foods, longlife milk and cooking oil.
Donations of personal hygiene items, tissues and toilet paper are also welcome.
“Murray is fortunate to have several active church groups, businesses and service providers that work tirelessly all year, helping the less fortunate.
“By supporting the food drive and other relative initiatives, community member efforts can help to significantly reduce poverty and hardship in our district,” said Shire President Cr. Maree Reid.
The Pinjarra Community Kitchen operates every Tuesday between 11:00am and 1:00pm at the Alliance Church in George Street.
The Pinjarra Community Kitchen is a joint initiative between the Alliance Church, Family Church, Anglican Church and Uniting Church. The Kitchen is also supported by St. Vincent De Paul.
Anti-poverty week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia.
In addition it encourages research, discussion and action to address these problems.