Con­nect stretched to break­ing point

Monthly Chronicle - - News - Jenny Bar­lass

A lack of vol­un­teers and sheer man­power has put the fu­ture of re­duced price food dis­tri­bu­tion point Hornsby Con­nect in jeop­ardy.

Un­less more peo­ple come for­ward to col­lect food, drive trucks and serve in the store in Bur­dett Street Hornsby which sells re­duced­price food to over 320 reg­is­tered low in­come re­cip­i­ents, the ser­vice will be forced to close its doors.

“Un­less we have an in­flux of vol­un­teers soon, the ser­vice lev­els that we cur­rently of­fer could be com­pro­mised,” said Hornsby Con­nect Pres­i­dent Steve Hop­wood.

“Con­nect is more than just cheaper food though - there’s a cafe so peo­ple can meet, plus we of­fer as­sis­tance to the so­cially iso­lated as well as a coun­selling and re­fer­ral ser­vice and help for the long-term un­em­ployed caught in the poverty trap.

“We’re reg­u­larly help­ing lots of lo­cal peo­ple so clo­sure is some­thing we def­i­nitely don’t want to hap­pen. Peo­ple will go hun­gry if we have to close.”

Opened for 16 months now, the ser­vice pro­vided by this not-for­profit is staffed by 22 vol­un­teers but, says Steve, they need dou­ble that to keep the ser­vice go­ing. “We have a par­tic­u­lar need for driv­ers. Call me on the num­ber be­low if you have even a few hours a week to help out.”

Call Hornsby Con­nect Pres­i­dent Steve Hop­wood on 0401 778 124 if you can spare a few hours a week to help serve in the shop or drive the food trucks.

Hornsby Con­nect vol­un­teers with Steve Hop­wood, cen­tre

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