Partnership powers through Christmas Appeal

18 December 2018

A partnership between Power and Water Corporation, Mitchell Centre, Mix 104.9 and Foodbank Northern Territory saw 450 kilograms of food collected in the span of six hours for Territorians doing it tough this Christmas.

Power and Water was proud to again facilitate Foodbank NT’s annual Christmas Appeal, held at the end of November in the Mitchell Centre, to bring some cheer to families and individuals by providing a festive meal.

Foodbank NT pack and distribute food hampers to Territorians in need through affiliated members including charities and not-for-profit organisations. This year, they received orders for 517 Christmas hampers, representing an increase of more than 72 per cent from the 300 hampers ordered last year.

“We have been overwhelmed by the huge support for this year’s Christmas Hamper Food Drive from the community, corporate sector and volunteers,” Foodbank NT General Manager Operations, Peter Chandler said.

“Without this combination of promoting food drives, receiving donated food and staff and volunteer hours, Foodbank NT would not be able to provide this important service to our most vulnerable at Christmas time.”

The Christmas Hampers will be distributed from Darwin to Batchelor right up until Christmas.

Power and Water has been assisting with the collection of non-perishable food in bright purple bins at its sites in Darwin and Palmerston every year since 2014.

Power and Water Chief Executive Michael Thomson said he was proud of team members who contributed to the appeal.

“It’s heartening to see our people give generously at this time of year to help fellow Territorians put a meal on the table and remind them that the community cares,” he said.

Foodbank’s collection efforts were boosted by the generosity of the Mitchell Centre management, who donated $1,000 worth of groceries to the drive.

“The Mitchell Centre was proud to make a significant contribution to help those in need enjoy the festive season just a bit more,” Mitchell Centre Marketing Communications and Administration Officer Pam Jaenke said.

“We would also like to acknowledge our wonderful tenants Power and Water Corporation and Coles for their continued support of Foodbank NT.”

People can continue to make donations of non-perishable food items in the purple Foodbank NT bins located in the Mitchell Centre.

Foodbank Christmas Appeal_photo courtesy Mitchell Centre
Foodbank NT CEO Paul Avery (centre) with Mitchell Centre staff Simone Bonica and Pam Jaenke, Foodbank NT volunteers Rebekah Maclean and Genevine Ebelebe and Foodbank NT Board member Terry Mills at the Christmas Appeal. 

The Power and Water Corporation and Foodbank NT Christmas Appeal at the Mitchell Centre collected
450kg of food donations in six hours.

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