Australia - September 2020
In Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven the economy into a major recession, with unemployment being one of the most significant impacts on the nation. Youth across the country are engaged in providing groceries, meals and personal items to those families in need.
For the month of September, these are the numbers of hampers and meals provided:
New South Wales (Murwillumbah):
96 food hampers have been provided (equating to approx. 768 meals).
cooked meal packs have been provided.
50 food hampers have been provided (equating to approx. 400 meals).
135 cooked meal packs have been provided.
The youth across the states in Brisbane, New South Wales and Victoria are engaged in providing food and grocery hampers consisting of fruits, vegetables, condiments, non-perishables, milk and bread to families, as well as hot cooked meals. All services are rendered completely free of charge. The aim is to ensure that no one who approaches the youth for help goes to sleep hungry.
This month, the youth in Brisbane have begun expanding their existing meals programme to start delivering food hampers to families in need. The hampers and meals have been delivered weekly to some schools within the lowest socio-economic areas in the city. Bread and breakfast supplies have also been provided to schools that are used by the Principal to provide breakfast and lunch to students who have missed out on having these meals during school time. In addition, there is a local indigenous group to whom hampers are also being provided to support single mothers.
This month, youth in Melbourne have provided hampers consisting of food and groceries, personal hygiene items, self-care items and children’s items to 54 refugee and disadvantaged families located in the Wyndham area who have been impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. With the second wave of COVID-19 hitting Victoria quite badly, the majority of cases are in the Wyndham area. This service has been possible through a partnership forged with the local non-profit centre called the Wyndham Park Community Centre. With this new partnership the youth hope to continue serving in this area well into the future as the impact of COVID-19 will continue to be felt for the foreseeable future.