Tasmanian goodwill assists families in need

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Location(s): Hobart, Tasmania

Commander Lewis Gaha (left) joins Able Seaman Kyle Wade-Cooper and Chief Petty Officer Mark Ham to pack food hampers at Foodbank of Tasmania. (photo: Unknown)
Commander Lewis Gaha (left) joins Able Seaman Kyle Wade-Cooper and Chief Petty Officer Mark Ham to pack food hampers at Foodbank of Tasmania.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania personnel have helped put food on table for 150 families after volunteering their time at Foodbank of Tasmania. 

Foodbank of Tasmania is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation that supplies food to more than 200 Tasmanian welfare agencies.

The organisation also supports breakfast programs in 85 schools representing about 4,800 breakfasts each day.

Commander Lewis Gaha, Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters - Tasmania said the experience was a little bit like going to the supermarket.

“We had a set list of items to put into each hamper ranging from staple food items like breakfast cereals, rice and pasta to small treats like chocolate bars.

“All these items are donated by the manufacturers or large supermarket chains and all are still below the ‘best-by’ date, although in some instances those expiry dates were imminent.”

"The Navy Headquarters Tasmania team packed approximately 150 family hampers in an enjoyable morning’s work at Foodbank," Commander Gaha said.

Commander Gaha acknowleged the efforts of Petty Officer Musician Tracey Fry who organised the visit as part of the Navy Community Engagement Program.

Mr Edward Gauden, Foodbank of Tasmania Chief Executive Director, expressed his appreciation for Navy’s contribution and ongoing support.

Foodbank of Tasmania has a small paid staff and relies heavily on volunteers.