Hampers to help out

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Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and Frank Konecny Community Centre managing committee members Jenny Lilly, Erin Sergeant, Janet Abram, Joy Proby, Carol Warneke, Tracey Charles.
Camera IconKwinana MLA Roger Cook and Frank Konecny Community Centre managing committee members Jenny Lilly, Erin Sergeant, Janet Abram, Joy Proby, Carol Warneke, Tracey Charles. Credit: Supplied./Supplied.

The Frank Konecny Community Centre has extended a helping hand to the community, collating food hampers for struggling Kwinana families.

The community centre has seen a surge in surge in people needing food support and other services as some residents find themselves without a job and without government support amid COVID-19.

Recently the centre’s managing committee prepared and gave away 140 hampers.

The food is donated from a range of organisations including 0z harvest, SecondBite, and Foodbank thanks to a sponsorship from Alcoa.

On Fridays the committee donate their time to unload some of the deliveries and then make up hampers.

Coles Kwinana also donate left over bread, which is distributed on Monday’s as part of the centres weekly bread-a-thon.

Committee members said 68 families attended the bread-a-thon last week, just hoping to get their hands on a free loaf, while about 200 families collected food hampers.

“We’ve got a lot of NZ families coming forward because they’re not entitled to government payments and are struggling, and also more men coming to us asking for food to feed their families,” centre manager Sussan King said.

Kwinana MLA and Health Minister Roger Cook visited the centre.

He said the work the Frank Konecny Community Centre were doing was a great example of organisations “stepping up with compassion within the community at a difficult time”.

Mr Cook also donated beanies and scarves.

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