Beauty teams up to take on lo­cal poverty

Alpine Observer - - News -

ANGLICARE Mount Beauty Emer­gency Re­lief will part­ner with Mount Beauty Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre to host a ‘Food for Thought’ devon­shire tea in the Rose Gar­den Café on Oc­to­ber 17 as part of An­tiPoverty week.

It will start at 10am and will high­light the im­por­tance of work­ing to­gether to pro­vide good food to help ease fi­nan­cial bur­dens for those fac­ing hard­ship.

Emer­gency re­lief co-or­di­na­tor David Mun­day said he was grate­ful to the Mt Beauty Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre for stor­ing frozen meals for clients to col­lect through a voucher sys­tem.

“We also want to thank Deb Lem­bke and Phil and Heather Rookes for pre­par­ing the meals, us­ing do­nated pro­duce from Hans and An­nemarie Frey­berger,” he said.

“Gen­er­ous lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Cham­pagne Club, ALPS and the Unit­ing Church make reg­u­lar do­na­tions of dry goods, and de­liv­er­ies from Food­bank help keep the shelves full at the emer­gency re­lief build­ing.

“We also have Food­works and Kiwi’s Mar­ket Gar­den vouch­ers, and Glenyse and Brian Pea­cock pro­vide free cof­fee vouch­ers through their ‘pay it for­ward’ ini­tia­tive at Rocky Val­ley Bikes and Sports Café.”

Ac­cord­ing to Food­bank’s Hunger Re­port 2016, one in six Aus­tralians do not have enough food for them­selves or their fam­i­lies and are un­able to af­ford to buy more.

“At our ‘Food for Thought’ devon­shire tea we hope to strengthen our com­mu­nity’s un­der­stand­ing of the causes and con­se­quences of hard­ship in our own back­yard,” Mr Mun­day said.

“We have peo­ple pre­sent­ing with a range of is­sues ev­ery week but with two main things in com­mon – they all make dif­fi­cult choices, such as skip­ping meals or go­ing with­out heat­ing, and they all suf­fer greater lev­els of so­cial ex­clu­sion and dis­ad­van­tage.”

“Dur­ing Anti-Poverty Week we ask peo­ple in our com­mu­nity to re­flect on what it would be like to go with­out the es­sen­tials and spare a thought for those who do ev­ery day.”

Any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial hard­ship or seek­ing help to ac­cess other sup­port ser­vices can con­tact Anglicare Mount Beauty Emer­gency Re­lief on 0458 550 450 to make an ap­point­ment.

All ap­point­ments are free and re­main con­fi­den­tial.

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