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Telethon trust helps OzHarvest provide 200,000 meals to people in need

by OzComms

April 2, 2019

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WA News

Telethon trust helps OzHarvest provide 200,000 meals to people in need

by OzComms

OzHarvest is thrilled to be announced as one of the Channel 7 Telethon Trust’s new charity beneficiaries for 2019. Thanks to a $100,000 funding boost as part of the Telethon Trust’s annual grant program, OzHarvest will be able to deliver an additional 200,000 meals to vulnerable communities, families and children in Perth.  

OzHarvest WA State Manager, Jennifer Keen said the much needed new funding would help to bring on 20 new charity agencies, with at least five assisting with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and youth at risk.

“OzHarvest WA is thrilled to be a first time recipient of a Telethon Trust grant and is looking to share the love and food with many community organisations. We recognise that food is about caring, sharing, dignity and respect and hope that the delivery of fresh and nutritious food will help nourish those in need across Perth and the greater metropolitan area.”

“The competition for local funding is tougher than ever,“ said Ms Keen. “We know that difficult decisions had to be made by Channel 7 Telethon trustees, as demand for grants are at an all-time high and it’s important to support as many community organisations as possible.”

Following the announcement of the Telethon Trust grant application, OzHarvest has been able to bring on board the Port School Young Parent Centre (which provides educational and parental support for teenage age parents);  Cecil Andrew Clontarf Academy (which aims to improve the education, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men); and Swan City Youth Service (which aims to provide a one-stop shop for young people through education, recreational programs and a range of services). OzHarvest is also looking to extend its reach outside of the Perth metropolitan area.

OzHarvest WA rescued 1.2 tonnes of food last year and delivered 3.5 million meals to over 90 charities in the Perth area.