Uniting together to help feed Melbourne’s homelessAugust 5, 2020
We have joined forces with Fareshare, Rotary Prahran, Pinchapoo, Coles and Launch Housing to provide packaged meals and toiletries to those doing it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every Friday, we work with our partners to prepare and deliver 220 food and personal care packs to homeless people currently in temporary accommodation in inner city motels across Melbourne.
The weekly packs include frozen meals and breakfast cereals as well as information on our local emergency relief and our Hartley’s community dining room, which provides hot meals daily and breakfast throughout winter to people.
Uniting’s Community Services Manager in Prahran Michael Scott said the packs are designed to provide people with the basics they need to get through the weekend.
“We’re living through a time of great uncertainty and many people are really struggling, but if you’re living on the streets and don’t know where your next meal is coming from, you’re constantly in survival mode,” Mr Scott said.
“Eating breakfast when we wake up in the morning or sitting down to a hot meal on a cold winter’s night is something most of us take for granted.
“Many people who are homeless also suffer from chronic illness and winter often makes these problems worse and the opportunity to have a hot, nutritious meal can make such a big difference. The meals we provide might be the only ones they have all day.”
“We couldn’t do this without the generousity of FareShare who have been providing the meals, Pinchapoo for supplying the personal care packs and volunteers from Rotary Prahran doing the deliveries – we are very thankful for their support and generousity.”