A can of food relief awaits

The Salvation Army is calling for donations of pantry staples as it attempts to meet a growing demand for emergency food relief.

Baked beans, canned fruits and vegetables and tinned protein are among the list of items sought by the organisation’s Moe Corps as part of its emergency relief program, which supplies food to local families in need.

To boost its emergency supply a food drive has been organised, with the Moe Westpac bank the drop off point for local residents.

The Salvation Army Moe Corps captain, Andrew Walton, said until the end of October donations of non-perishable food could be made at the Moore Street bank, which would then be distributed to Moe and Newborough homes.

He said the organisation’s funding was insufficient to meet community demand for emergency relief.

“As long as it’s sealed and in date, we’ll happily accept it,” Mr Walton said.

He said there was no one typical emergency relief client, with most people “only one or two crises” away from not making ends meet.

Mr Walton encouraged the community to raid their cupboards for any suitable donations.

“We’d all like to think if it was us in trouble someone else would help us out,” he said.

Donations can be made at Westpac’s Moe branch, located at 7 Moore St, Moe during business hours.