Bridge Darebin, Reservoir Neighbourhood House and Rotary in Preston have partnered with:
to provide emergency food relief in the form of:
As at 8 May we distributed:
4,040 FareShare two-person meals
3,300 grocery bags (1,100 deliveries)
2 pallets of fruit and veg
2 pallets of dairy products
400 hygiene packs
and have supported 13 organisations to feed their communities.
What started as a grassroots response to emergency food requests has quickly become an enormous operation – our front hall looks like a mini-IGA (with the same gaps in supply) with a production line in the centre – to keep up with the urgent need in our community.
We’re quickly running out of space, money, time, resources and food.
Last week we assisted 142 households on our list with 426 grocery bags. This week we have 211 households on the list (633 grocery bags) – that’s a 49% increase in just five days.
We’re now faced with possibility of having to cap numbers and we don’t want anybody to have to miss out.
We’re hoping to bring on a project coordinator soon, but even then Bridge Darebin and Reservoir Neighbourhood House are investing more than $2,345 worth of paid staff hours, additional staple food purchases, PPE and utilities per week to keep the operation going. Sadly, it appears that this level of support will need to increase over coming weeks and be required for months to come.
The City of Darebin has committed funding to cover our Foodbank runs and truck hire for the next few weeks. But there are many staple items – like tea and coffee, tinned tomatoes, pasta and pasta sauce, rice, sugar, baby formula, nappies and feminine hygiene products – that we can’t get enough of from Foodbank and are purchasing ourselves. These items change weekly so we need funds to cover the shortfalls as required. It is unclear from one week to the next exactly what items we will need to purchase so cash donations will allow us to have the required flexibility.
Can you help, or do you know someone who can? Bridge Darebin* and Reservoir Neighbourhood House are both registered charities and donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.
Head to our GiveNow fundraising page to donate.
Help for organisations
If you are an organisation in Darebin working with people in need, you can order and access frozen meals through us at our Preston site. Large volumes can be managed. Ordering happens every Thursday, and our preferred pickup day for organisations on the list is Monday each week. If you have freezer-storage issues, we will store your meals in Preston and you can collect twice a week. For orders and questions email Leanne, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone us on 9484 5806.
Help for individual households
If you are a Darebin resident experiencing financial stress, on a health care card, pension card, newly arrived, asylum seeker, international student or lost your job recently and are finding it hard to make ends meet, you can order and access a grocery bag of goodies through Reservoir Neighbourhood House. Phone 9462 4611 or email Kate, email@example.com. Your goods will be delivered to your door by our partner organisation Uber, free of charge. Food-relief vouchers are also available through DIVRS and Salvos in Preston. Contact DIVRS on 9480 8200 or Preston Salvos on 9471 9111 for more information.