WOOLWORTHS Beerwah and Woolworths Maleny are part of an ambitious donation target to raise the equivalent of seven million meals this Christmas to support charity partner OzHarvest meet the growing demand for food relief across Queensland.
The Foodbank Hunger Report 2021, which looks at the prevalence of food poverty around the country, found that one in six Australian adults are now considered severely food insecure and more than half of the people impacted by food insecurity go a full day each week without eating.
Woolworths has committed to a donation of $500,000 to kick off the appeal. Local Woolworths customers can support the donation target in a number of ways, including buying a 50 cent token when they shop in-store or online, or choosing to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar, with proceeds going directly to the Christmas Appeal.
Another 50 cents will be donated from every limited edition OzHarvest Santa Cookie sold in-store.
Woolworths Beerwah and Woolworths Maleny group manager Tabitha Millar said that for most local residents Christmas was a joyful time. However, for those who didn’t know how they would put food on the table, the holiday period could be an extra stressful time.
“We’re grateful for the generosity of our customers to help Australians in need, particularly during the Christmas season,” Ms Millar said.
“A little bit can go a long way to help feed a person or family and we encourage anyone who can give back to purchase a token or round up their purchase to the nearest dollar the next time they shop with us.”
OzHarvest delivers fresh and nutritious food to more than 1,600 charities that help feed vulnerable people and consistently sees high demand in the lead up to Christmas.