The new Brookfield Rail Foodbank truck will collect food from retailers, wholesalers and primary producers to distribute to over 30 charitable agencies including schools, community groups and approved individuals across an area of 250,000 square kilometres.
Foodbank Geraldton is Foodbank WA’s busiest regional branch, providing more than 1 million meals each year to people in need, an amount that is estimated to double within the next five years.
Brookfield Rail General Manager Asset Management & Projects Paul Lowney was at Foodbank Geraldton yesterday to announce the partnership, and joined members of the local track maintenance team for a day of volunteering at the centre.
Mr Lowney said the new truck would help cater for the anticipated rise in demand for food relief in the region.
“The team of dedicated staff and volunteers at Foodbank Geraldton are a credit to the local community, and Brookfield Rail is delighted to assist them by providing funding for a new truck,” Mr Lowney said.
“As an organisation operating in Geraldton and the greater Midwest, we understand how essential the services of Foodbank WA are to families in need,” he said.
“With demand for Foodbank’s services ever increasing, we also understand the importance of ensuring these services can continue to be accessed by those who need them most.”
“The new truck will ensure Foodbank Geraldton can continue to provide support to those who are doing it tough.”
Foodbank WA CEO Greg Hebble said the level of support that Brookfield Rail had shown Foodbank Geraldton was a demonstration of their commitment to helping locals in need.
“The new truck will not only allow us to collect more food due to the increased carrying capacity, it will also allow us to collect a wider variety of food, including chilled and frozen goods, which we couldn’t do with our existing truck,” Mr Hebble said.
“We are grateful for Brookfield Rails’ generosity, as it will help us continue to meet the increasing demand for food relief well into the future.”
Building is underway for the new Foodbank Centre for Hunger Relief Geraldton and the new facility is expected to open later this year. To find out how you can support Foodbank Geraldton visit www.foodbankwa.org.au
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