How shopping at Dalby Coles will help families in need
DALBY Coles shoppers are being invited to fight against a global issue plaguing the streets since the pandemic hit our country.
Shoppers can join the fight against hunger by supporting Coles’ national appeal to deliver nutritious meals to vulnerable Australians, many of whom are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
The national appeal comes amid new research released from food rescue organisation SecondBite that reveals nine out of 10 of their surveyed food relief charity partners had been impacted by COVID-19 and more than 80 per cent have witnessed an increase in demand for food relief.
Dalby residents can show their support for those hit hard by COVID-19 by purchasing a $2 SecondBite donation card at Coles, with every card purchased providing the equivalent of 10 meals to Aussies in need.
Coles State General Manager Jerry Farrell said the appeal provides a way for all Queenslanders to lend a hand to those in need this winter.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened what is already an incredibly tough time for members of our community who cannot afford nutritious food for themselves and their families. Our store in Dalby has played a vital role in donating meals to local charities like Western Downs Outreach Project since partnering with SecondBite in 2011, and we only hope to increase this positive impact.”
“By raising funds for SecondBite through our Winter Appeal, Coles customers can help SecondBite and their local charity partners reach even more people experiencing hardship in local communities across the state, to support them through this pandemic.”
Food journalist, cookbook author, TV personality and SecondBite Board member Matt Preston said all funds raised will go towards SecondBite’s ongoing operating expenses so it can continue to deliver food to help people in need.
“There’s never been a more important time in our history to support SecondBite as we move into an increasingly difficult economic period for millions of Australians,” he said.
“The SecondBite research shows a vast majority of our 1,100 charity partners across Australia are seeing first-hand the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable Australians. More than 80 per cent of surveyed charities are reporting an impact on the general health and wellbeing of vulnerable people.”
To date, Coles has helped donated the equivalent of 114 million meals to disadvantaged Australians via its food rescue partners and has donated grocery essentials to the retail value of $7.9 million to vulnerable Australians during COVID-19.
For the next two weeks, Coles customers can pick up a SecondBite donation card for $2 at any Coles supermarket across the country to do their part to help people in need.