Y Food charit reach­ing wide-

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE need for free fresh food is so great peo­ple from as far as the north shore and Le­ichardt are ap­proach­ing Mt Druitt PCYC for help.

Al­most 485 peo­ple a week, on av­er­age, are be­ing fed as a re­sult of free food stalls at PCYC Mt Druitt.

The fig­ures come from a sur­vey of peo­ple ac­cept­ing the gro­cery help in the first three weeks of the stalls op­er­at­ing and is grow­ing. Each week new­com­ers are asked to de­clare how many in their house­hold will be shar­ing in the food to give an idea of the de­mand.

PCYC Mt Druitt manager Lance Chaloner said while peo­ple from as far as West­mead and Punch­bowl had made the trip to the Shalvey-based hub many more from as far afield as the north shore and Le­ich­hardt had called seek­ing the same ser­vice in their sub­urb.

The stalls are run in part­ner­ship with Christ Mission Pos­si­ble, and with the help of vol­un­teers such as four-year-old Pe­ria Egen­ton-Wal­lace (pic­tured). Pe­ria has stood be­side her mother Liza Egen­ton ev­ery week to hand out the free food.

“It’s a good les­son for her and my other chil­dren. Some peo­ple just don’t have what they have and it’s im­por­tant to do our bit to help,” Ms Egen­ton said.

The free food stalls are held Wed­nes­days at noon. Num­bered tick­ets are handed out from 8am, with a free bar­be­cue at 10am.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

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