Canterbury League Club has supported the Gift of Bread charity with a $20,000 donation to support their expanding bread rescue operation.
Gift of Bread is made up of more than 200 volunteers who pick up, sort, slice and bag the bread across the four distribution centers.
‘We’re pleased to be able to support Marcel and his team of volunteers at the Gift of Bread for the good work they do collecting surplus bread and distributing it free of charge to groups who support the disadvantaged in our community, including Youth Off the Streets outreach here in Bankstown’ said George Coorey, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.
In response to an ever-growing need, the charity currently rescues 130,000 Kg of bread per year and ensures it reaches Sydney’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged. This figure equates to 2.6 million sandwiches and is up 80% from just 12 months ago.
‘The funds will be used to pay for the cost of 260,000 plastic bags this year,’ said Marcel De Maria, founder of the Gift of Bread.
‘We love Canterbury League Club and the Bulldogs because they’re on our team.’
The Gift of Bread supplies bread to large charitable institutions, medium to smaller non-profit organisations, Indigenous welfare organisations, boarding houses, churches and individuals.
This includes the Exodus Foundation; St Vincent de Paul’s Night Patrol; Youth Off The Streets; the Asylum Seekers Centre Newtown; The Wesley Mission; Australian Red Cross Good Start Breakfast Club run in many disadvantaged schools; Newtown Mission and many other outreach programs.
If you would like to help or find out more about the Gift of Bread, please visit giftofbread.org