Thanks to the support of Woolworths customers in Taree and the Manning Valley and those across the country, the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has already raised enough funds to provide more than one million meals to Australians in need.
The response this year has been overwhelming, with hundreds of thousands of customers supporting the appeal, purchasing 50 cent meal tokens and displaying them within stores across Australia.
More than 2280 tokens have already been purchased in Taree and the Manning Valley.
In order to raise more funds, a sweet, new way to support the appeal was also launched in Woolworths Forster, Taree and Tuncurry this year. For the first time, ‘Santa Cookies’ are now stocked on Woolworths bakery shelves, with 50 cents from every pack of the Dreamy Chocolate cookie also raising vital funds for the OzHarvest Appeal.
Baked in-store, ‘Santa Cookies’ are perfect to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve, while also giving back to Australians in need.
Alicia Kirwan, OzHarvest NSW State Manager, said OzHarvest delivers food to more than 1000 charitable agencies across the country helping to feed vulnerable Australians and every little bit counts.
Woolworths Forster, Taree and Tuncurry group manager, Craig Feuz, said: “We asked our customers, and three-quarters of Aussie families (74 per cent) told us they are expecting to leave out cookies to keep Santa going on Christmas Eve. So, our Santa Cookies give families an excuse to join in the magic of Christmas, while sharing the spirit with others via the OzHarvest Appeal.
“With several days still to go till Christmas, Taree and Manning Valley customers can still play their part and help provide more meals for those in need, with the Santa Cookies and OzHarvest Meal Tokens on sale right through till Christmas Eve.”
Taree and Manning Valley locals can support the Appeal at Woolworths until December 24 by purchasing the meal tokens, which also make perfect gift tags.
Woolworths has been OzHarvest’s Fresh Food partner since 2015. This partnership has the dual benefit of helping to feed Australians in need and redirecting surplus food from otherwise going to waste.