Dear Editor,

 

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Foodbank facility in Berri and seeing the RAA Foodbank Mobile Food Hub.

 

For readers who may not know, Foodbank is Australiaโ€™s largest food relief organisation, providing food relief to more than a million people each month.

 

In the Riverland, Foodbank operates from its food distribution warehouse in Berri, providing free and discounted food to families and individuals across the Riverland via the RAA Foodbank Mobile Food Hub.

 

The custom-built truck is fitted out with shelving, fridges and storage spaces, and carries 2 tonnes of stock, making weekly trips Barmera, Loxton, Renmark, Berri and Waikerie.

 

The Federal Government recently partnered with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to provide more than $800,000 in funding through the first round of the Strengthening Rural Communities โ€“ Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC) program.

 

Pleasingly, this program has delivered $10,000 to the boost the capacity of Foodbank SA Riverland to meet demand for food assistance, through the installation of a covered annexe at the Berri distribution warehouse.

 

With the rising cost of living being the most common reason why people across Australia are struggling to put food on the table, itโ€™s more important than ever to support organisations like Foodbank SA that do such an amazing job in supporting those in need.

 

A huge thank you to Peter and his team for showing me around and for all the amazing work they do for the Riverland. Congratulations again on receiving this $10,000 funding grant.

 

 

Tony Pasin MP

Member for Barker

Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport