Y Food charit reaching wide-
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.