Foodbank partners with KCGM, Saracen and Northern Star Resources
10 June 2020
Foodbank Kalgoorlie has announced a collaborative partnership between KCGM, Saracen and Northern Star Resources, to support the local community in response to COVID-19.
Foodbank WA CEO, Greg Hebble, said the partnership would provide substantial support to Foodbank Kalgoorlie at a time when its services will be relied on more than ever before. Foodbank Kalgoorlie Branch Manager Tracey Luke added, “As with many businesses and charities, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our ability to provide for people in need and our services have been severely compromised as a result.”
“We have already seen an increase in the number of people needing help, and we are bracing ourselves for the situation to worsen once the government stimulus and support packages come to an end in September.”
“This important partnership will allow us to better provide for the growing number of people in need in the Goldfields region and will allow us to purchase essential foods that we need on a daily basis.”
“It will also enable us to purchase critical equipment and infrastructure for the branch to enhance our day-to-day operations,” said Mrs Luke.
KCGM General Manager, Kous Kirsten said, “With our joint venture partners Saracen and Northern Star, KCGM is proud to partner with Foodbank to assist people currently facing unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19 and to support the organisation during recovery.”
“Our combined workforces are passionate about developing collaborative, sustainable partnerships in our community that help to create value and improve lives.”
“Foodbank WA provides essential support for families and people in need in the Goldfields region and we are proud to assist their dedicated team,” he said.
While Mr Hebble said that the immediate health risk had eased, the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 will be long lasting. He said Foodbank WA is expecting to see a steep rise in the number of people needing food assistance once the government stimulus and support packages finish as indicated at the end of September, so they need as much help as possible for the government, local business and community members.
“This partnership will help our local community through the difficult times ahead and we’re so incredibly grateful,” said Mrs Luke
KCGM, Northern Star and Saracen’s people will also participate in volunteering opportunities at Foodbank Kalgoorlie once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
Foodbank WA’s Winter Appeal is now on. If you can help, please donate today. Every $1 will help provide 2 meals. If you need food assistance call 1800 979 777.