A local bank is helping put food in tummies in need, holding a weekly fundraiser to support Foodbank Geraldton as grocery prices soar and interest rates continue to rise. Geraldton Bank of Queensland began fundraising for Foodbank at the beginning of 2023, dressing the front of the outlet with balloons, lollies and toys each Friday and asking for a gold coin donation. On Friday, BOQ held a fundraiser out the front of the bank on Marine Terrace and included a sausage sizzle, face painting and lots of balloons for a gold coin donation. BOQ branch manager Jodi Brydon said within the first month of fundraising, the bank was able to raise $500 for Foodbank and praised the community’s generosity. Ms Brydon said Foodbank was a great group to support with the current rising cost of living and the service was an important step in helping people in need. “It’s local community, there’s so many people around at the moment struggling and it does tie in with the bank and the fact that living costs are rising including home loan rates,” she said. “They’re doing such a great thing by providing meals to people who can’t afford their groceries every week.” BOQ staff have put their hand up to volunteer their time at Foodbank in March to further help the organisation.