On Thursday 26 September 2013, Royal Australian Navy members from HMAS Toowoomba’s Maritime Logistics Department provided support to Foodbank, Western Australia.
Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation that acts as a ‘pantry’ to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry in less affluent areas of Western Australia. The purpose of the organisation is to act as a conduit between the agricultural industry’s surplus food and the welfare sector. Mr David Warren from Foodbank explained that “Foodbank relies heavily on financial and food donations”.
Toowoomba’s LS ML-C Paul Cahill instigated the ship’s involvement with Foodbank after identifying that the organisation needed manpower to assemble hampers from the donated products in preparation for distribution across WA.
Toowoomba’s team thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to become actively involved in assisting the Foodbank cause.
“It was a privilege to actively contribute to an organisation doing such important work for the people of Western Australia,” said AB ML-C Nicholas Rickards.
Mr Warren said he was “impressed by the enthusiasm of Toowoomba’s team and appreciated their contribution”.
The team’s effort resulted in the packaging of five pallets of hampers which will soon to be distributed throughout the state.