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Foodbank working non-stop to help flood victims

TEAMWORK: The community together with the army helped with the clean-up of flood damaged North Bundaberg. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
TEAMWORK: The community together with the army helped with the clean-up of flood damaged North Bundaberg. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

WATER, food and personal hygiene products are in dire need across Queensland's flood-affected areas, from Bundaberg to Gayndah, Tweed to Hervey Bay.

General manager of Foodbank Queensland Ken McMullan told APN Newsdesk he had been working non-stop for more than two weeks, arranging the logistics for hundreds of semi-trailers full of food and other essential items to be delivered to flood-hit areas.

Among the worst affected was Bundaberg which, Mr McMullan said, still had a major shortage of drinking water, while many other towns and areas across south and central Queensland were crying out for more donations.

"We've got more than 300 local agencies that we're working with to deliver the food and water to people on the ground," he said.

"We've got about six semi-trailers everyday heading out packed with goods, and at the moment, I'm looking at two ready to go now to Bundaberg."

He said he had trucks - brimming with shelf stable goods, personal hygiene products and water - that had been working since the floods first hit the state.

"We've also got the Food and Grocery Council which have come on board, which is great, so the big brands are delivering goods directly to us, and we're taking them straight to where they're needed.

"But we still need more, and for local donations in the towns affected, even if you can only give a can of baked beans and a few rolls of dunny paper, it will help.

"We'd just ask locals to donate directly to the local agencies, but if you're outside of those areas, and can donate a pallet of goods, give us a call and we'll get it there.

"I always say it's better to donate food and essential goods than cash, so you know it's not going to be taken in administrations, so we prefer all donations to be real things that can helps these people."

Mr McMullan said he expected the recovery process, and associated deliveries of food and supplies, to continue for at least another 12 months, as people without homes would need all Australians' help.

To donate a significant amount of goods, contact Foodbank Queensland on (07) 3395 8422, or go to foodbankqld.org.au

To donate a small amount, contact a local community agency, such as local branches of the Salvation Army.

An online group buying company, Living Social, is also helping Foodbank with the recovery effort.

For those who can't get to a local agency, or who would prefer to donate a small amount of money online, go to: livingsocial.com.au

The company has guaranteed 100% of all donations raised for Foodbank Queensland will be delivered, with Living Social covering all administrative costs in-house.

Topics:  bundaberg, flooding, foodbank, oswald




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