Food Hub demand increasing in winter

22 June 2015

Volunteers Tina, Karen and Irene with ACT MP Gai Brodtmann, who visited the Food Hub last year.

Volunteers Tina, Karen and Irene with ACT MP Gai Brodtmann, who visited the Food Hub last year.

YWCA Canberra’s Food Hub is based at our Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre in south Tuggeranong.

It opened its doors during Anti-Poverty Week 2012, and since then has provided free, nutritious food to young people and families in the Tuggeranong area. It is run by a dedicated team of volunteers (who won an ACT Volunteering Award in 2013). The volunteers also make soup each week during winter, called the Lanyon Ladle, which is available each Thursday when the Food Hub is open, so that anyone accessing the Food Hub can also get a delicious and nutritious lunch for a gold coin donation.

The Food Hub receives funding from the Department of Social Services, but this was cut by 17 per cent in the current financial year, and is dropping drastically a further 60 per cent in the new financial year. We partner with Food Bank NSW/ACT and OzHarvest, to help ensure every dollar we receive goes as far as possible. Still, it is an ongoing challenge to keep the Food Hub adequately stocked, particularly through Winter when demand peaks.

We are currently holding our Fiver4Food appeal, with the goal of raising $10,000 to assist with keeping our Food Hub well-stocked through winter. We are encouraging people to hold a Winter Warmer or purchase one of our Shop & Share virtual grocery baskets.

YWCA Canberra is committed to supporting the most vulnerable members of our community.

 

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