Call for Food Donations
Posted on March 09, 2017
The demand for emergency relief provided by City Mission’s Family Services in the lead-up to Christmas 2016 was higher than in any prior year.
This increase has continued with 70 more emergency relief cases in January and 76 more in February compared to the same months last year.
As a result, the amount food items available for distribution to clients in the first part of 2017 is depleting fast. City Mission is therefore putting a call out for food donations which will continue supporting those in our local community who are in need of assistance.
The top five reasons for families and individuals needing emergency relief from Family Services are rising unemployment, cut backs for Government assistance (i.e. school bonus), rising costs (fuel, power), relationship breakdown and lack of affordable housing.
One couple that visited Family Services recently said that they have been struggling since the Government have cut back on the amount of assistance available. The father of four said he is unable to find a job after losing his previous one due to lack of work available.
“Without City Mission, we’d be lost,” he said.
“City Mission continues to support more and more Northern Tasmanians in desperate need. We are in urgent need of donations as our shelves continue to empty,” said Ray Green, City Mission’s Operations Manager, Client Services.
All donated food is passed directly onto the families and individuals in need. Items such as breakfast cereal, long-life products, quick meals (packet/can), pasta and rice are ideal products to be donated.
Food items can be donated to 48 Frederick Street (donation drop-off bay).
Cash donations to enable us to purchase these products is also welcome. To direct your donation to Family Services, click here. Nominate your donation and select “Community and Family Support”.
Every donation in cash or kind is greatly appreciated.