More than 35-thousand Western Australians across the state will be given much needed support thanks to a new partnership between WA’s independent liquor stores and food rescue service OzHarvest WA.
The not-for-profit organisation distributes surplus food from commercial outlets across Perth and delivers it at no cost to charities that assist people in youth crisis, at school breakfast and indigenous programs, people living with physical and mental illnesses and those suffering homelessness.
To help raise awareness and funding for this pivotal service, OzHarvest WA volunteers will be collecting donations from VIPs and guests at the Liquor Stores Association of WA sundowner on November 6, at the Royal Flying Squadron Yacht Club in Dalkeith.
The charity’s State Manager Jennifer Keen said OzHarvest WA has been providing the pivotal service since 2014 where thousands of vulnerable West Australians benefit from the cause each day.
“Without our services here in WA, more than 1,500 tonnes of food would likely end up in landfill every year and an estimated 35,000 vulnerable community members would not benefit from our vital food relief services.
“We really appreciate the support by the Liquor Stores Association to allow us to use their annual event as a backdrop to what will hopefully be a significant fundraising initiative and also an opportunity for another section of the community to see what Oz Harvest WA does”.
“Support from the LSAWA will allow us to keep the wheels of our vans turning-literally. For every $1 donated to OzHarvest WA, we are able to deliver the equivalent of two meals to those in need”.
LSAWA CEO Peter Peck said the industry wanted to support struggling WA families who had found it extremely tough to survive on the back of a pandemic year.
“As an Association we are all about family. Our members are our family, and the community is by and large an extension to our family”.
“Our partnership with OzHarvest WA is what any ordinary Western Australian individual or small business would do. We open up our hearts and wallets and give where we can” he said.
WA Premier Mark McGowan will be the keynote speaker at the event and will be joined by a host of other State Cabinet colleagues and parliamentarians along with LSAWA members and corporate partners.
To find out more about OzHarvest WA click HERE