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Petrusma needs to provide Foodbank certainty going forward

  • Foodbank need greater assurances as Hodgman Government slow to act
  • Community Development Minister has to provide certainty
  • Guarantees needed for group that provides 2.5 million meals each year
Community Development Minister Jacquie Petrusma needs to provide greater certainty to critical food relief provider Foodbank as Christmas approaches and its future remains uncertain.
Shadow Housing, Disability and Ageing Minister Josh Willie said Mrs Petrusma had been too slow to act on Foodbank’s future funding and as she is set to meet with the group tomorrow, she needs to provide concrete outcomes and certainty that stocks can be replenished in the group’s near-empty warehouse.
“With 120,000 Tasmanians living in poverty, Foodbank provides 2.5 million meals each year and free breakfast programs in 109 schools,” Mr Willie said.
“The Prime Minister has today reversed a decision on cutting funding to Foodbank Australia.
“After moving much too slowly to provide top up funding before Christmas, Mrs Petrusma needs to give an absolute guarantee after her meeting tomorrow that future funding needs will be addressed quickly.
“Foodbank Tasmania now finds itself in dire circumstances and it needs assurances that it will be able to have the capacity to continue its partnership with more than 240 charities statewide.”
Josh Willie MLC
Shadow Minister for Housing