Church’s plea for help

MEAT DO­NA­TIONS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PARCELS

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Sally McGlew

IN the mid­dle of Give Now Week, Mid­land­based Pas­tor Dale Ross says the Food Min­istry is miss­ing the great work­ing re­la­tion­ship it had with meat sup­pli­ers in Northam and Mid­land. Give Now Week runs un­til De­cem­ber 4. With char­i­ties and churches play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in help­ing the un­der­priv­i­leged, some of their most im­por­tant work is in de­liv­er­ing es­sen­tial ser­vices to peo­ple and places at risk of fall­ing through the gaps in gov­ern­ment ser­vices.

“We have re­ally missed the great work- ing re­la­tion­ship that Faith Chris­tian Fel­low­ship based in Northam had with com­pa­nies to pro­vide meat in our food parcels to fam­i­lies in need in Northam,” Mr Ross said.

The pre­vi­ous min­is­ter, Pas­tor Pa­trick, who fos­tered the orig­i­nal food part­ner­ships with many or­gan­i­sa­tions, passed away four months ago.

“Since then we have not been able to source the food re­quired to sup­ply the fam­i­lies who have come to rely on our as­sis- tance,” Mr Ross said.

“We have a grow­ing need for as­sis­tance in some of the ar­eas we cover in and around Northam.”

Mr Ross said head­ing into the Christ­mas pe­riod, there was a great need for sup­port.

“I can as­sure ev­ery­body that what you sup­ply goes to peo­ple in real need and is re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

“We have three com­mer­cial- sized freez­ers able to take sausages and other meats at any time in Northam if peo­ple are able to do­nate for us to dis­trib­ute among those strug­gling at the mo­ment.”

Mr Ross said the church also needed a re­frig­er­ated van for trans­port in the sum­mer months for the food de­liv­er­ies.

The church is de­liv­er­ing 40 food parcels a week to Northam. but Pas­tor Ross said the need was high and he could de­liver 80 if he had the do­na­tions.

The Mt He­lena Vol­un­tary Bush Fire Brigade will es­cort Santa Claus on his de­liv­er­ies.

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