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FIGHTING HUNGER IN COOMA
Foodbank NSW & ACT (FBNA) is partnering with the Cooma Youth Hub to provide more meals for those in need across the region, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.
Cooma’s Youth Hub will run FBNA’s Breakfast 4 Health program from Monaro High School, whilst also supporting Snowy’s Kitchen which provides a hot lunch for homeless people in Cooma. Foodbank NSW & ACT also works with Cooma’s Assemblies of God Food Pantry, providing quality food and groceries to the Cooma community.
Mr Barilaro said the partnership will go a long way to providing food relief for those doing it tough.
“The cost of living has gone up and people need more help,” said Mr Barilaro.
“Twenty nine per cent of people living in regional NSW don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and the number continues to grow.
“Over 26,000 kilograms of food or 52,000 meals have been supplied to the Cooma community by Foodbank NSW & ACT in the last twelve months.”
In July the NSW Government announced $630,000 in funding to ensure that charities in rural and regional NSW which receive food supplies from Foodbank will no longer have to pay a transport fee per delivery.
Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO Gerry Andersen said the NSW Government’s funding contribution to cover the transport of food relief has been critical to supporting those doing it tough in the bush.
“It’s enabled us to broaden reach in Cooma specifically, where inability to afford transport costs had previously prevented the Cooma Youth Club from accessing food relief,” said Mr Andersen.
“We are now proud to welcome the Cooma Youth Club to our Breakfast 4 Health program family, giving nutritious breakfasts to youngsters so they can start their day right.
“We applaud the NSW Government for their commitment to the equal support of regional and metropolitan charities, ensuring no one in NSW is disadvantaged simply because of where they are located.”
Snowy Monaro Regional Council Youth Officer Melissa Sass echoed a similar sentiment.
“The transport subsidy has allowed us to register with FBNA and access free breakfast-type foods on a regular basis, this will not only ensure the sustainability of the program but has provided scope to expand,” she said.
Last year, Foodbank NSW & ACT delivered more than 4,000 tonnes of food to its regional charity partners, equating to 7.6 million meals. From 1 October, FBNA will be distributing a further 10,000 food and personal care hampers to NSW farming communities affected by drought.