Students from Burgmann Anglican School Forde are stepping up on behalf of those in need on Monday 8 May with generous donations of food to mark the launch of Anglicare’s 2017 Pantry Appeal. With demand for emergency food relief increasing, Burgmann school students plan to set the bar high and encourage others to also give generously this May and June.
“We want our students to understand the importance of supporting people in their community,” said Head of Middle School, Liz Craig. “Donating to the Anglicare Pantry Appeal makes a very real difference for those struggling to makes ends meet, and for young people, it’s powerful for them to know the items they donate go directly into the hands of these families.”
Anglicare CEO, Jeremy Halcrow said hundreds of people will need assistance from Anglicare during the winter months. “Finding enough money for food after all other living expenses have been paid can leave families in a desperate place. Last year over 40,000 items were generously donated. With a growing number of people approaching Anglicare for help, even more items are needed for this year’s appeal,” said Mr Halcrow.
The appeal is calling for donations of non-perishable food items such as cereal, rice, tinned tomatoes, canned tuna and school snacks, essential living items such as toothpaste, toilet paper and baby items such as nappies and formula.
Mr Halcrow said the items will be distributed to residents in the Canberra community on a needs basis. “We want to thank the Canberra community for their continued generous support of this annual appeal.”
Collection points will be set up various shopping centres from Friday 12 May. Donations can also be brought to Anglicare’s Holt office (3/80 Beaurepaire Cres) during business hours. Workplaces and schools can also host food collections to help as many people as possible.
For more information visit www.anglicare.com.au or call Amy Lanham on 6248 8410 or 0437 321 451.