That’s a Wrap! | 2015 in Review

2015 has been a phenomenal year for the Halal Food Bank – Perth team. We cannot even begin to express our gratitude and astonishment at the way the project and the team has grown in such a short amount of time. So I am here, your resident HFB – Perth blogger, to wrap this year up, take a look back at what we have achieved this year through countless blessings and where our sights are set for 2016.

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#1 | HFB Perth Reads…

Much misunderstanding and ignorance surrounds the issue of living in poverty; as this week is National Anti-Poverty Week, efforts are being made to break down barriers and encourage conversation to educate and break the stigma. In an article by Orlander Ruming, the issue of the cost of living and, by extension, the cost of housing are discussed as major contributing factors when it comes to struggling families in regional areas.

“Without access to housing people find it almost impossible to get and keep a job, to send their kids to school or to address any other ongoing issues in their lives. It’s a key foundation for addressing disadvantage,” NCOSS chief executive officer Tracy Howe said.

You can read the complete article here.

Until next time,

Salaams from the Halal Food Bank – Perth Team 🙂

Food Rescue – To The Rescue!

Food Rescue – To The Rescue!
On  a glorious September morning, Maryam and Sabrah took a trip to Food Rescue.
Food Rescue are this amazing agency who rescue food from going to waste. They have asked supermarkets and cafes around Perth to put away the food they were going to throw away at the end of the day so their drivers can rescue it!
The Food Rescue team have 3 vans pick up donations from the major supermarkets in Perth. Collectively these vans can fit 2,000kg per trip. That’s a lot of food! 
They also have some funky looking carts that are used to pick up left over food from cafes in the Perth CBD. 
Image of Food Carts used by Food Rescue to collect food from participating cafes in the Perth CDB
Food Carts used to collect unsold sandwiches, wraps and rolls from participating cafes in Perth CBD.
The food that comes back to Food Rescue is in pretty good nick. The ones that aren’t are sorted out and sent for composting. The clever people at Food Rescue are even thinking up ways of making the compost work for them! How? I guess you’ll have to follow them to find out 🙂
The donations are sorted and redistributed as:
– Food boxes that are supplied to various charities around Perth.
– Veggie boxes for Schools that are part of the 5,000 meals project.
Food Rescue work with agencies such as Family Foundation who work with people living in their cars. The food rescued from cafes in Perth is used to provide ready made lunches for school going kids currently living in cars with their families. The total number of families living in this circumstance has jumped from 5 families a day to roughly 17. Lyndon, the Operations Manager advises that these are not all repeat customers either.
We were heartened to see that everything at the premise is donated. From the food vans to the walk in freezers. The Food Rescue project is proof that collectively we can make a huge difference.
Frame showing August's total hours and dollars donated
August 2015 was a record breaking month for the Food Rescue team. Check out these stats!
The programs the team at Food Rescue run are absolutely awe inspiring and a great use of surplus food. Ranging from food donation to outreach programs working with people to help them understand the value of nutrition and making better food choices for them and their families. You can follow the team via their Facebook page.