Yesterday was another huge day for the Souths Cares team as they delivered fresh fruit, vegetables and other essential groceries to help ease the strain of the lockdown for program participants and Aboriginal elders.
A total of 60 grocery hampers were distributed across South Eastern Sydney, with 22 provided to participants of the Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) Program, 18 provided to participants of the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program and a further 20 provided to Aboriginal elders.
Each hamper included fresh fruit and vegetables, pasta, bread, milk, muesli, biscuits and other pantry staples. The Souths Cares vehicles were packed to the rafters; with over 900kgs of food distributed yesterday.
With the team donning face masks and implementing social distancing, there were also opportunities for wellbeing check-ins with program participants at each home.
Bodie Taylor is a participant in the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program and was appreciative of the extra support being offered by Souths Cares.
“I appreciate the support Souths Cares has provided me throughout the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program. The fruit and vegetables will be great during lockdown and whilst we are learning from home, as I know how important it is to eat well and stay healthy’, Bodie said.
Mitchell Ross is a participant in Souths Cares Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) Program and explained the support was helping his family stay safe during the lockdown.
“Thank you to Souths Cares for supporting our family with these groceries. Having these delivered to the front door also means we don’t have to go shopping and we reduce our risk of getting COVID-19”, Mitchell said.
Alisha Parker-Elrez, Souths Cares General Manager explained the initiative was made possible through the support of a number of businesses.
“A big thank you to Asset Group Solutions, Marque Haus and Redfern Woolworths for the generous donations and MD Provedores for always providing fresh fruit and vegetables at affordable prices.
I’m very grateful for these partnerships which help fund our community support during the current lockdown”, Alisha said.