Asy­lum seek­ers just want Fare Go

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

CEN­TRE for Asy­lum Seek­ers, Refugees and De­tainees (CARAD) is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­creased demand for its Food­bank ser­vices.

The not-for-profit runs a Food­bank, with fresh food pro­vided by Sec­ond Bite and pantry items, in­clud­ing toi­letries, baby sup­plies and house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts, do­nated by the com­mu­nity.

CARAD gen­eral man­ager Joanna Josephs said Food­bank pro­vided weekly gro­ceries for about 100 people seek­ing asy­lum.

“We have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­creas­ing demand for our Food­bank as more people seek­ing asy­lum are be­ing put off from gov­ern­ment-funded in­come sup­port and are left with­out money to buy food for them­selves and their fam­ily,” she said.

Com­mu­nity News has joined the Feed WA Appeal, a na­tional fundraiser that uses do­na­tions for grants to not-for-prof­its help­ing people in your neigh­bour­hood.

Part of the na­tion­wide Feed Appeal, it pro­vides grants of up to $50,000 to help grass­roots char­i­ties boost their ca­pac­ity to store, cook and dis­trib­ute food for strug­gling fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als, pen­sion­ers and stu­dents.

Buy a $1 Feed Appeal to­ken at any Wool­worths store dur­ing July and your do­na­tion will go twice as far; it will pro­vide two meals for people in need.

CARAD has also started WA’s first social enterprise food truck that pro­vides em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for people seek­ing asy­lum and refugees, called the Fare Go Food Truck.

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