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Foodbank is experiencing higher demand than ever as families struggle to make ends meet.

The hunger relief charity reported more than 55,000 people across WA in need of help, which equates to more than 12,000kg of food a day.

Foodbank chief executive Greg Hebble said this winter had been one of its toughest.

"The winter has been one of the most challenging for Foodbank in 20 years of operation," he said.

"In the first quarter of the financial year out business was up 19 per cent, which is unheard of. Usually we would expect a 5 per cent increase."

Mr Hebble said the group relied more than ever on public appeals, including Woolworths Foodbank appeal.

Woolworths this year raised $87,000 and received 13,000kg of food donations.

Woolworths WA assistant manager David Mann said its stores around the State pulled together for Foodbank, including the Whitfords supermarket, which raised $4000.

"Last year was our first year doing this and we received about $11,000," he said.

"But this year, we got the whole team involved.

"We made it nine days instead of seven and encouraged stores to do additional fundraising."

People at Woolworths stores held barbecues, sold raffle tickets and tokens to raise money for Foodbank.

Mr Hebble said while the supermarkets' contribution would go a long way, the charity desperately needed more donations.

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