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‘Accept the helping hand being extended’: Foodbank manager

“Do you need Foodbank?”

That’s the question the food relief organisation’s Geraldton manager, Jamie O’Brien, wants those doing it tough to ask themselves this winter.

Mr O’Brien said people struggling financially often found themselves tightening their belts further during the colder months.

“You have electrical bills, shoes and warm clothes for the kids, all that stuff,” he said. “Bills go up, people have to compromise in some way, and often they go without food.

“I’m saying have a think, be realistic, swallow your pride if need be, and accept the helping hand that’s being extended.”

Pensioners were often among those most reluctant to seek help, Mr O’Brien, pictured, said.

“They try to tough it out in that stoic, Aussie way,” he said.

“But it’s plain and simple: if they’re not comfortable, winter’s not a great time for them. Admit that you need help and come and talk to us.”

With June fast approaching, Mr O’Brien last week dropped collection bins at Geraldton supermarkets to bolster Foodbank’s winter appeal.

Collection bins can be found at Queens Supa IGA, Wonthella Supa IGA, ALDI Wonthella, Woolworths Geraldton and Woolworths Seacrest.

Donations of warm, filling fare such as canned soups and chunky stews are particularly welcome.

Foodbank Geraldton distributes food and personal hygiene products to those in need throughout the Mid West, and offers heavily discounted goods to eligible customers.

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