Beauty teams up to take on local poverty
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.