Food relief needs help
DEMAND FOR SERVICE ‘THROUGH THE ROOF’
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 email@example.com.
Volunteers Christine Brackley, Mike Salmon and Audrey Baker at the Ascension Emergency Food Relief service.
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