Wangara charity calls for more food donations

May 17, 2018 by  

A Wangara charity organisation that provides free food to locals in Perth’s northern suburbs has put out the call for more donations to meet growing demand.

The Pantry, which has been operating out of the Dreamlife Church in Lumsden Road for around five years, is now trying to feed up to 200 people per day. Charity and not-for-profit organisations frequently use brochure printing services and designer letterheads to help get their message out into the public.

The Pantry is staffed by about 50 volunteers who often see recipients of their charity later return to give back. Volunteer Kevin Combes has said the organisation has grown well beyond his expectations, noting that no one came in the first week of operation and only two people sought help there in the second week. He believes the charity’s growth is a sign that people are struggling more, and remarked people seeking help there come from a variety of backgrounds including pensioners, the homeless, single parents and refugees.

Combes said The Pantry’s aim is to restore people’s dignity and that donations the organisation receives from farms and supermarkets discarding excess stock are more than welcome.

The Pantry is also hoping to obtain a truck for collecting a food donations and a forklift for their warehouse, with the aim of extending operations beyond its current two days a week.