The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire nation and people who struggle to make ends meet have been hit the hardest.
Christine McCall, of Yarraville Community Centre states that “This crisis has put food insecurity – an issue far too many of our community are unfortunately familiar with – on full display, and not only are we paying attention, but we’re joining forces and taking action to help ensure community members are not going hungry and have access to fresh, healthy food”
Five Neighbourhood Houses in Maribyrnong are launching a pilot project called NOURISH to rescue surplus food and provide free, nutritious meals for people doing it tough. ‘This is a time for our community to come together and care for each other’.
This project is a coordinated and collaborative Neighbourhood House response to food insecurity in Maribyrnong. The meals are prepared at Yarraville Community Centre kitchen by qualified staff and distributed by Angliss Neighbourhood House, Duke Street Community House, The Braybrook Maidstone Neighbourhood House and West Footscray Neighbourhood House.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Foodbank, Lions, Rotary, CWA and a range of local businesses for partnering with us to support community members who are in need of support”, said Vivienne Conn of Braybrook Maidstone Neighbourhood House
In the coming weeks we will be asking the community to donate dry goods to the program. ‘We know people and businesses in Maribyrnong will rise to the occasion”.
Thanks to Tim Watts MP Community Noticeboard for the space in edition #57 of The Westsider