For the twelfth year running, Retail First has teamed up with All Purpose Transport to collect food donations across South East Queensland, to help OzHarvest address the increased demand for food assistance over the Christmas season.
This is the largest food donation drive in Australia, where the generosity of shoppers will support those doing it tough and help provide essential food relief at this time of year.
One of Retail First’s local shopping centres, Brookside Shopping Centre, is also participating in this campaign again. From now until Christmas, the donation box at the centre can be found outside Coles Supermarket. Customers are encouraged to donate a couple of cans, a bag of pasta or a box of cereal or any non-perishable food item that could help a local family in need over the Christmas season.
All Purpose Transport will regularly collect and deliver these donations and OzHarvest will distribute the food to more than 200 charities in Queensland to provide to those who need it the most. Since the campaign’s inception in 2009 more than 500 tonnes of food have been handed to Queenslanders over the last decade, helping those in need from many local charities including emergency relief programs, community centres, domestic and family violence shelters and school breakfast programs.
‘With so many new faces reaching out for help, there’s never been a more critical time to care for our neighbours experiencing hardship,’ said Retail First’s Head of Marketing, Mrs Bec Gascoigne said.
‘Retail First’s food drives are so generously supported by the community, and help provide pantry staples that complement the fresh food we rescue. With demand for food relief at an all-time high, adding a bag of pasta, some tea bags or some tinned food to your shopping will help provide comfort and dignity to so many households during this season of giving.”
So on your next shop just remember that one extra item of food goes a long way for families in need.
Food items can be donated to OzHarvest at all Retail First shopping centres. A full list of locations can be found at www.retailfirst.com.au