With Murray’s annual food drive just around the corner, the Shire of Murray is encouraging residents to collect non-perishable food items for the charity event.
The drive will run between October 15 and October 28, coinciding with Anti-Poverty Week, and it will raise much-needed supplies for those doing it tough.
The items will be donated to the Pinjarra Community Kitchen, a joint venture between the town’s Alliance, Family, Anglican and Uniting churches, which provides meals for those in need.
The kitchen operates every Tuesday between 11am and 1pm at the car park behind the Alliance Church, opposite the Pinjarra Bakery in Peel Street.
Donations to the drive can include tinned food, cereal, muesli bars, snacks, rice, pasta, baby supplies, crackers biscuits, tea, coffee, sugar, food spreads, jars, packet foods, longlife milk and cooking oil.
Residents can also donate personal hygiene products, tissues and toilet paper.
“Murray is fortunate to have several active church groups, businesses and service providers that work tirelessly all year, helping the less fortunate,” Shire president Maree Reid said.
“By supporting the food drive and other relative initiatives, community member efforts can help to significantly reduce poverty and hardship in our district.”
Collection bins will be set up at several locations across the shire including:
- Pinjarra Senior High School
- North Dandalup Primary School
- St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
- Austin Lakes IGA
- The Canal Shop in South Yunderup
- North Yunderup Cafe
- Spud Shed
- Coolup General Store
- Murray Library
- Murray Leisure Centre
- Shire of Murray Administration Office
Anti-Poverty Week is an initiative which hopes to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia.