WHEN almost one in six Australian children live in households below the poverty line, every little bit of help is welcome.
The new ‘Kids Can Help Kids’ challenge is asking the schools to collect as many canned food products – from soup to vegetables – until the end of the school term.
With the backing of Loaves and Fishes, volunteer Edith Fox put out a challenge to the primary and secondary schools of the Portland and the surrounding district to donate 1000 cans by the end of Term 2 on June 27.
The purpose of the challenge is twofold, firstly to help families in need, but also to increase the awareness that over 2,265,000 Australians, including 575,000 children, survive on less than $2.50 a day.
Kids Can Help Kids hope to develop empathy and understanding, while students give back to the community during these uncertain economic times.
Loaves and Fishes acting operations manager Marlene Anderson highlighted that during the winter months fresh produce is not as readily available as in spring and summer.
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