Christmas can be a challenging time for people battling financial hardship, but a partnership between the Queensland Police Service and Foodbank is looking to ease some of that burden.
Local MP, and Police Minister, Mark Ryan said that Christmas was often a stressful time for people doing it tough, but giving a little can go a long way to ensuring everybody has a Merry Christmas.
“It’s a sad fact that one is six Queenslanders go hungry every day, and nearly a third of those are children,” Mr Ryan said.
“In the lead up to Christmas we all have an opportunity to help bring some festive cheer to those who are struggling with the basics.
“The Queensland Police Service Foodbank Drive kicks off today (1 November) and we’re calling on all locals to donate generously and help bring joy to people in need.”
Foodbank is the largest food relief organisation in Australia. It collects surplus and donated food to distribute to welfare organisations and community groups that feed the hungry.
‘Can’ drives play a huge part in collecting enough non-perishable items to help those seeking relief from hunger.
As makers and suppliers become more efficient with their manufacturing and ordering, Foodbank no longer receives as many donations from industry as it used to.
Therefore public, corporate and school ‘can’ drives are now bridging the gap on much-needed pantry items that Foodbank can send around the state.
“We can’t do this without your help, so let’s work together and give those who are doing it tough the chance to have a Merry Christmas,” Mr Ryan said.
Donations can be made between 1 November and 7 December, at Caboolture Police Station, 34 King Street.