Alcoa grant to provide support to Kwinana families in partnership with Foodbank WA
Families living within the Kwinana area that are struggling to put food on the table will be provided with a voucher to purchase items from Foodbank WA’s Mobile Van Service at Frank Konecny Community Centre thanks to the latest partnership between Alcoa and Foodbank WA. A similar partnership will see the Mobile Van service commence in Pinjarra with the Murray House Resource Centre to provide the local community support during these challenging times.
A total of $16,000 worth of vouchers will be provided across both communities. This support is expected to help struggling families over the next six to eight months.
A grant made possible by Alcoa’s Kwinana and Pinjarra Refineries will be used to support eligible families living in these areas whose lives today are very different. Earlier this year, changes to government support packages as well as the end of the rent moratorium saw many families face reduced income and high rent increases or worse, eviction.
Foodbank WA’s Mobile Van service has been expanding since the pandemic started in an effort to support local communities. The Kwinana Mobile Van service is available every week at
Frank Konecy Community Centre
2 Skottowe Parkway, Parmelia
Fridays: 12.00pm – 12.45pm
Alcoa is also providing support to the Jarrahdale community by sponsoring 120 emergency food hampers available from the Serpentine-Jarrahdale CRC as well as the Jarrahdale Community Collective to eligible families.
Last year at the midst of the pandemic, through its global charity the Alcoa Foundation, a partnership with Foodbank WA provided 2,325 hampers containing 27,900 meals across the communities that Alcoa refineries operate in.
Foodbank WA CEO Greg Hebble said “Foodbank WA is thankful for the ongoing partnership with Alcoa.”
“With JobSeeker reduced, JobKeeper and the rent moratorium finished we are seeing an increase in demand for our support. Support from corporate businesses like Alcoa help us to continue to support the needs of vulnerable families.”
Foodbank’s Mobile service has expanded to 22 locations, catering to the needs of people living in the community. The service provides a range of food options that eligible individuals and families can access. The most popular are the fruit and veg and the frozen meat packs.
If you need help or know someone who does, please free-call The Emergency Relief & Food Assistance Hotline on 1800 979 777, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.