Feed it Forward: Mandurah resident Elizabeth says volunteering is the best job she's ever had

Feed it Forward volunteer Elizabeth Oxley with Peter Buckland. Photo: Claire Sadler.
Feed it Forward volunteer Elizabeth Oxley with Peter Buckland. Photo: Claire Sadler.

For Mandurah resident Elizabeth Oxley her love of volunteering all started when she prayed to God for a better life.

She now spends her time rescuing surplus food from retailers and giving it to those who need it most.

"I give out food three times a week and hand the perishable goods out to anyone and anybody who needs it," Ms Oxley said.

"There's no judgement people can come to me as many times as I pick up because we all need to eat.

"Words are not enough to express how much I love what I do. It's the best job I've ever had and I don't get paid for it."

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Feed it Forward, which is the non-profit Ms Oxley volunteers for, aims to fix two big problems of wasted food and hungry people with one smart solution.

Just in August, Feed it Forward retrieved 14,000 tonnes of food which fed 435,000 people.

But the service offers much more than just feeding people with Ms Oxley using it as an opportunity to uplift others during difficult times.

"It is much bigger than just the food. I like to have little things to say to uplift people," she said.

"Feeding the soul with words is such a great thing because there is so much negativity in the world.

"Remember you're a queen/king" is one of her catchcry phrases.

"Just telling people a few positive words can brighten their day."

It's the best job I've ever had and I don't get paid for it.

Elizabeth Oxley

By giving back to the community she has also inspired plenty of others to spread positivity.

"I was at the foreshore giving out food and this group of young girls came up and asked what I was doing and why," Ms Oxley said.

"They went away saying they wanted to do it when they grew up.

"Conversations like that is such a beautiful reward in this role. I don't get paid but I feel so rich."

To find out more about volunteering or receiving food visit Feed it Forward on Facebook.