Struggle to feed needy
EACH week up to 15 struggling families visit the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre in need of food, nappies or emotional assistance - but now the centre needs your help.
The Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre has had to cut its emergency relief program budget to approximately $120 each week to buy non-perishable grocery items and their stock is running very low.
Community development coordinator Tanya Morris is calling for the community’s support to donate one non-perishable food item from their groceries to a relief box at IGA and Coles.
“It is heartbreaking to see these families stuck in these situations and we want to be able to assist them but financially we are running low on our emergency relief stock,” she said.
“An emergency relief box is now available at the entrance of IGA and Coles in Port Douglas for locals to donate non-perishable items.
“There is not much work available in town at the moment and a lot of families with children are really struggling. I think I have seen more families this year than ever before.”
The centre provides bread, rice, meat, canned food, spreads and nappies to families who are desperately struggling and numbers are increasing.
“Due to the ongoing issue of lack of sufficient government funding to the emergency relief program, the amount of food vouchers to be given out has been reduced and we no longer offer help with overdue rent payments,” Ms Morris said.
Payments towards electricity accounts will also be very limited.
Families in need can seek emergency relief from the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and midday.