Feed Geelong: Accessing food during COVID-19

by Give Where You Live Incorporated
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19
Feed Geelong:  Accessing food during COVID-19

Give Where You Live Foundation continues to support the delivery of food relief and to support increased demand for support as a result of the COVID-19 criris in our region.

Give Where You Live Foundation operates in Victoria in Australia which has experienced some of the strictest and tightest lockdown requirements we sought to gain control of the COVID-19 outbreak on our community. Whilst the results of these restrictions have actually made significant impact on reducing and reversing the spread of the virus, it has placed considerable stress on familes, communities and the local economy. The long term impacts of this are yet to be realised. 

During this period we have comtinued to see an increase in deland for food relief assistance, and with the decrease in government support payments over the last couple of months, this has increased further. We are also seeing increases in demand from members of the community who have previously never needed to seek assistance until now. Give Where You Live has responded in a number of ways over the past few months:

  • Continued collation and publication of information on where people can access food relief across our region.
  • Funding an additional 13 grants to local community organisations to directly assist with the provision of food relief to meet current levels of demand - grant funding totaled $69,304.
  • Implemented our local FEED Geelong appeal, raising awareness and also raising around $27,600 in funds to contribute towards local food relief.
  • Created resources for the local food relief sector to support COVID-19 safe practices in food services and volunteer assistance at this time.

Give Where You Live Foundation continues to monitor the current sitation and needs of communtiy, and adapt our response to better meet the increase demand at this time.

Yoy can find out more about the impact of COVID-19 on the local food relief sector here: 

https://www.givewhereyoulive.com.au/2020/10/food-insecurity-and-the-covid-19-crisis/ 

 

Community Stories 

Mark is no stranger to accessing food assistance and has been a client of the Geelong Food Relief Centre
over the past 6 years. Struggling to secure full-time employment, Mark has often commented that he has no idea where he would be today if it wasn’t for the food assistance – and friendship – offered by the staff and volunteers of the Geelong Food Relief Centre’s mini-mart thanks to the support of your donations through Feed Geelong.
You can read the full story here https://www.feedgeelong.org.au/2020/09/2607
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In response to the COVID-19 crisis in our region, the project has responded by increasing the provision of food assistance to people experiencing hardship, as well as assisting community to better connect with support.

 At the beginning of March as Australians became aware of COVID-19 and the impact it was having in other countries and its potential to impact our own way of life, members of our community began panic buying. It started with toilet paper and other paper products and hand sanitiser and then spread to staples like pasta, rice, flour, canned goods, frozen food, meat etc. By the middle of March COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and shelves at supermarkets were bare. Supermarkets imposed limits on what you could purchase.

 The effect of these shortages and limits were significant on the provision of emergency food relief. Accessing food supplies became difficult as donations of food (and money) by individuals decreased and the food supply chain struggled with unprecedented demand and was no longer able to provide excess food stuffs to the emergency food system. Even if there was money to purchase food by food relief organisations limits imposed made this impossible.

 At the same time community services were seeing an increase in demand from people needing help and unsure of where they could get assistance – people who had recently lost their job or were increasingly vulnerable during the crisis. Give Where You Live Foundation adapted our project to be able to support the regions food relief sector by collating and regularly sharing and reporting where people could get help. This Where You Can Eat publication was then shared across over 125 community organisations, and reached over 4300 people through social media. This assisted people to be able access food relief and to know where to go to seek assistance, this has seen over 49,000 meals being provided to men, women and children just within the month of June.

 

Community stories:

 A client had completed the Business Basics at Northern Futures and completed a traineeship through one of their Industry Partners. She then secured more work with the same employer, but unfortunately due to COVID19 was recently stood down from work, as was her husband. With very little savings, being able to access some food assistance has been a tremendous support to the couple in these very stressful times.

 A 16yo young person that is not entitled to Youth Allowance and is reliant on financial support from her parents who have recently lost their employment. Food assistance was provided which gave some financial relief for the parents and food on the table for the whole family (2 parents, and 2 children).


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Give Where You Live Incorporated

Location: Geelong - Australia
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Twitter: @GiveGeelong
Project Leader:
Sheridan Salmon
Geelong, Victoria Australia
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