Murrindindi and District Woolworths customers can help make a difference by purchasing a 50 cent token in the OzHarvest Christmas Appeal until Christmas Eve, to provide a meal for Australians in need.
With more than 4 million Australians experiencing food insecurity and many charities providing food relief reporting they could take double the food to meet demand, hunger is a serious national issue.
The OzHarvest Christmas Appeal at Woolworths hopes to raise more $1.5 million nationally to assist in delivering more food to over 1,300 charitable agencies.
Supplemented by regular donations of fresh produce from Woolworths stores across the country, customers who purchase a 50 cent meal token at Woolworths Eltham, Laurimar, Lilydale and Mernda Village or online will be helping OzHarvest to deliver a meal to someone in need.
Woolworths Victorian General Manager Andrew Hall said; “At Woolworths Eltham, Laurimar, Lilydale and Mernda Village, we understand that Christmas is a time to focus on family, friends and the local community.”
If you’re Christmas shopping during the weekend 8th – 9th December (this weekend), you’ll see a splash of yellow as our volunteers will be on hand to sell 50c tokens and spread the word about OzHarvest in Woolworths stores.
OzHarvest VIC State Manager, Michelle Ritchie said; “There will be many families all across the country, including Murrindindi and District struggling to put meals on the table.
“Through the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, together we can ensure charities can help support those in need and meet the growing demand for support.
“By simply donating 50 cents by purchasing an OzHarvest Christmas Appeal token, we can all make a difference together and play a vital role in helping feed an Australian in need.”
Customers can purchase an OzHarvest 50 cent meal token when shopping at any Woolworths store or online until 24 December 2018. Customers can place their name on any token once purchased, and take it home or put it on display at Woolworths Eltham, Laurimar, Lilydale and Mernda Village.
OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said; “This time of year is usually a cause for celebration and great food, but there are still so many families, who will struggle to put a meal on the table this Christmas.”
“Thanks to Woolworths and their amazing customers who support the OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, we can ensure good food gets delivered to charities that support those in need.”
Last year, the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal received an overwhelming response raising over $1 million for the food rescue organisation, providing two million meals for Australians across the country.
Woolworths has partnered with OzHarvest since 2015 to help reduce food waste by providing surplus fresh food from their supermarkets to Aussies who would otherwise go without.