Woolworths in Beaudesert is encouraging customers to spend a few extra cents on their grocery bills and buy a Christmas token to provide a meal for someone less lucky.
Woolworths has partnered with OzHarvest to help reduce food waste by sending surplus fresh food from their supermarkets to Aussies who would otherwise go without.
With the support of a regular supply of surplus fresh food from Woolworths stores across the country and from other donors, OzHarvest can deliver a meal to someone who needs it most for as little as 50 cents.
OzHarvest Queensland State Manager, Amy Cobb said more than 3.6 million Australians currently experience food insecurity each year and many agencies across Queensland require double the food to meet demand.
“There has also been a 13 percent increase of people in Queensland seeking food relief over the past year,” she said.
“For many families in Australia, Christmas will not mean a nourishing meal and an abundance of joy.
“Thanks to the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal we can make sure good food gets to those in need over festive season and throughout the year ahead.”
Woolworths Beaudesert Assistant Store Manager, Richard Mullenberg said the campaign is a worthy cause.
“The Beaudesert community is a generous one so we are expecting overwhelming support throughout our OzHarvest Christmas Appeal.
“Our aim is to share the spirit of Christmas with our local Beaudesert residents and to support those doing it tough by providing a meal this festive season.”
Store manager Carissa Toohey said customers are happy to spend an extra 50 cents on their groceries for a meal donation.
“This year we are focused on sharing the spirit of Christmas with our customers and our local community,” she said.
“For just 50 cents customers can play their part in sharing that spirit beyond their families and friends and help provide a meal for someone this festive season and support the growing need for hunger relief across the region.
“All customers need to do is add a 50 cent meal donation to their shopping at Woolworths Beaudesert or online.
“By placing their name on any tokens purchased and hanging them on the Christmas tree in store, they can share the spirit of Christmas. The more tokens purchased, the more meals OzHarvest can provide to help feed Australians in need.”
The Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal hopes to raise $1 million for the food rescue organisation, which can provide two million meals for families in need. Last year, Woolworths customers raised over $750,000, enough for 1.5 million meals.