Food re­lief needs help

DE­MAND FOR SER­VICE ‘THROUGH THE ROOF’

Midland Reporter - - News -

MORE peo­ple fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty are calling on Mid­land’s As­cen­sion Emer­gency Food Re­lief (AEFR) to feed them and their fam­i­lies.

As well as parcels con­tain­ing pasta, sauce, tinned foods and other goods such as bis­cuits and tea, the Spring Park Road church vol­un­teers hand out bread, fruit, veg­eta­bles and per­sonal care items when do­nated.

The ser­vice opens 10am to noon ev­ery Fri­day and in­cludes a fort­nightly men’s group where vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to grab a sausage siz­zle and a chat.

Co-or­di­na­tor Au­drey Baker said the num­ber of peo­ple vis­it­ing the church to col­lect gro­ceries each week was “through the roof”.

“We’ve had to spread them out a lit­tle bit be­cause we were head­ing to­wards 50 (peo­ple) and in a two-hour pe­riod it’s not phys­i­cally possible to talk to all of those peo­ple and help them with gro­ceries, plus get­ting enough gro­ceries be­cause we’re not funded,” she said.

Mrs Baker said they were see­ing an in­crease in the num­ber of home­less peo­ple.

“They’re not all down and out, it’s just peo­ple who have suf­fered un­for­tu­nate life cir­cum­stances,” she said.

“A few weeks ago we had a young cou­ple with two gor­geous lit­tle girls; they’d been liv­ing in their car.

“They both worked at the same place; it closed down so they both lost their jobs.

“We were able to help them. I think we helped them find them ac­com­mo­da­tion. We do not nor­mally do that. They came back about three weeks later and said ‘we don’t need gro­ceries any­more but we’ve just come to thank you’. It was just beautiful.”

Mrs Baker said the men’s group was a new ad­di­tion to the ser­vice and one she hoped would grow.

“When peo­ple come in to get gro­ceries, we let the guys know about the sausage siz­zle down the back of the church hall and most of them wan­der down and have a bit of a yarn,” she said.

AEFR will hold a garage sale from 8am to 3pm on Sun­day, May 7, with peo­ple in­vited to at­tend and con­trib­ute goods, which can be dropped off at As­cen­sion Hall op­po­site the church at 17 Spring Park Road on May 6 from 9am to noon.

Food can be given when the ser­vice opens Fri­days, or call 0409 118 786 or email abak8530@big­pond.net.au.

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Vol­un­teers Chris­tine Brack­ley, Mike Sal­mon and Au­drey Baker at the As­cen­sion Emer­gency Food Re­lief ser­vice.

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