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Anti-Poverty Week: Donations exceed expectations

THANKS to everyone who donated to United Voice’s Anti-Poverty Week collection for Foodbank Tasmania. A whopping 350 kilos of food was donated, well above the 100 kilo target, and CPSU Members and Delegates were among those generous in their contributions to the appeal.

Foodbank, an organisation that does so much for struggling Tasmanians, had to dip into its reserves this year due to increased need and reduced funding from the state government. The Union Foodbank was held in the lead up to Anti-Poverty week, meeting its goal to increase Foodbank’s stockpile of canned goods. The cause culminated in a Breakfast in Hobart last Friday where trolley loads of canned food were donated.

On Friday Foodbank CEO Edward Gauden asked the crowd to help Foodbank help Tasmanians in crisis, “We need food, we are calling out the government and Tasmanians to help us”.

The State Secretary of United Voice, a union representing some of the state’s lowest paid workers including public sector workers, said the State Government’s cuts were shameful. Ms Armstrong said public sector workers were Tasmanians, and cutting public services hurt Tasmanians.

Tasmania is the state with the largest rate of poverty in Australia so we thank everyone who supported Foodbank.

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