Foodbank thank selfless Peel volunteers, but need more assistance this winter

Foodbank Peel recognised the selfless souls that volunteer their time to help the region's less fortunate with a breakfast function on Thursday morning.

As part of National Volunteer Week, Foodbank invited the contributors that offer their time to aid the organisation to the Dome Cafe in Halls Head.

Foodbank Peel regional manager Megan Reynolds paid tribute to all those people that volunteered their time.

"It wouldn't be possible to feed as many people as we do without the help of volunteers," she said.

"We have very small team of staff throughout the state and we rely heavily on individuals and groups who generously give their time to help us get food to the people who need it."

In 2018, Foodbank WA was supported by 200 regular volunteers and over 1200 corporate volunteers that help sort and pack food donations or prepare and cook frozen meals in the community kitchen, all for distribution throughout metro and regional WA.

With colder weather rapidly approaching, Ms Reynolds said the need for assistance heightened.

"Living in such a lucky country, we are often blind to the hunger epidemic in Australia," she said.

"It's our mission at Foodbank WA to not only raise funds and distribute meals to those in need, but to educate the community about the scale of this growing problem.

"At least 18 per cent of West Australian's are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their children, many will have no choice but to reach out to one of our charity partners for assistance this winter.

"We are putting the call out for financial and food donations to help us keep up with demand.

We urgently need basic everyday food essentials such as baked beans, spaghetti, tinned tomatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit, flour, pasta sauce, breakfast cereal and canned soup. Having these types of food in stock really helps those that rely on us for a meal."

For more information on Foodbank Peel, to volunteer or donate, visit this link.