CWA of NSW donates $50,000 to Foodbank for Western NSW

CWA of NSW has today made a donation of $50,000 to Foodbank NSW & ACT from its Disaster Relief Fund. The donation is being actioned to assist the Foodbank NSW & ACT in their ongoing emergency food relief activities in areas of Western NSW that have been impacted by COVID-19.

"We have been watching the situation in relation to COVID-19 developing in Western NSW with increasing concern, both for our members and their wider communities. The COVID-19 cases on the rise in these areas mean that many families are even more isolated that what they would ordinarily be, as well as many people being unable to work due to lockdown restrictions. We know the demand for food relief is increasing and we wanted to help," said State President, Stephanie Stanhope.

"We understand Foodbank NSW & ACT have been working with Resilience NSW and other government agencies to get the help where it’s needed. Foodbank know what is needed, where it is needed and how to get it there. It was important for us as an organisation to do what we could to support their ongoing efforts."

The donation was made from the CWA of NSW Disaster Relief Fund and is the first time the fund has been used to underpin pandemic support activities.

"When the fund was first set up, I highly doubt our members at the time would have contemplated that we needed to use this fund to support pandemic relief activities but here we are doing just that. We can only do it because we have had, and continue to have, generous individuals donate to the fund over time, as well as significant fundraising efforts from our branches."

"CWA of NSW will continue to monitor the situation and provide further assistance as needed, as well as advocate for these communities to ensure their voices are being heard," concluded Ms Stanhope.