18 June 2014
Today YWCA Canberra launched a campaign, Fiver4Food which calls on Canberrans to support its emergency food relief service, the Food Hub.
Executive Director of YWCA Canberra, Frances Crimmins said, “With winter closing in, many families in Canberra are facing tough choices.
“Should they have to choose between paying school expenses, taking a much-needed trip to the doctor and buying food? We don’t think so!
“Our Food Hub is a pantry-like system where families can access free, healthy nutritious food in times of need.
“In the last 18 months the demand for our service has doubled, which sees us servicing more than 100 people each week.
“Our funding hasn’t increased in recent times, so we really rely on the generosity of the Canberra community to help us service all families in need.”
While there is a perception that Canberra is an affluent city, research shows that in 2011 there were more than 25,000 disadvantaged people living in the ACT, more than 20,000 living in poverty and 14,000 experiencing financial stress.*
YWCA Canberra has set a target of $10,000 in food and financial donations that will help keep families fed and the Food Hub shelves stocked for another six months.
Secure financial donations can be made directly via the YWCA Canberra website, non-perishable food donations can be delivered to V-Spot Café in Garema Place, and individuals are invited to host a pot-luck event, with 100% of all funds raised going towards supplying healthy, fresh food to families through the Food Hub.
Digital event kits containing posters and resources for pot-luck events are available for download from the YWCA Canberra website.
Use the hash tag #fiver4food to share photos of your pot luck event, and contribute to the online discussion.
* Tanton, Robert Vidyattama, Dr Yogi & Mohanty, Dr Itismita 2013, Disadvantage in the ACT – Report for ACT Anti-Poverty Week, October, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling ( NATSEM), University of Canberra, Canberra.
YWCA Canberra Executive Director Frances Crimmins is available for interview.
Media contact: Joanna Allebone, 0450 962 842
About the YWCA of Canberra: The YWCA of Canberra is a feminist, not-for-profit community organisation that has been providing community services and representing women’s issues in the Canberra community since its establishment in 1929. The YWCA of Canberra employs more than 350 staff across the ACT, and delivers 30 quality programs in children’s services, community development, housing, youth services, women’s leadership, advocacy, and training. Represented in 122 countries, the YWCA has a global reach of 25 million women and girls. As part of this international movement, the YWCA of Canberra works for a world where reconciliation, justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and sustained through women’s leadership. For more information visit: www.ywca-canberra.org.au