The coronavirus pandemic is having a big impact on food charities and the people they support, some of the issues being faced are:

  • Far less availability of excess food from restaurants and clubs
  • Anticipated growth in number of people needing the support of food charities
  • Preparation of meals for the hungry is limited, many of whom don’t have skills or resources available to prepare food for themselves
  • Sharing of communal meals no longer possible
  • Necessary extra hygiene practices to ensure safety of food supplied to those in need and less opportunity for additional new volunteers to be trained in new processes
  • Volunteer workforce reduced due to many volunteers falling into the COVID-19 vulnerable category or being essential healthcare workers or teachers needing to work.

Enterprises and charities have had to adapt their models and processes very quickly to try to ensure the continuity of their services.   Although, some food charities have had to close their doors due to service capacity requirements to meet extra hygiene protocols.

Organisations like OzHarvest play a very important role in re-distributing excess food supply to charities and not for profits that feed people in need.  OzHarvest said, ” The unexpected and unprecedented impact of coronavirus crisis, coming straight off the back of the terrible bushfire season, means OzHarvest is experiencing an overwhelming need for food relief, at a time when our resources are more limited than ever.”


Artist, Elizabeth Willing and OzHarvest Founder, Ronni Kahn AO

How can food charities be supported?

To support OzHarvest during this time, you can donate to the #hereforhope campaign and read more about OzHarvest’s response to COVID-19 here.

To find out what the ongoing food security needs are within the Brisbane community and whether you can provide support, please follow some of the social platforms for local food charities below that regularly post updates on their services available for the community in need and requests for assistance from the community to support those services when required. More food parcels and packaged meals are being prepared by food charities and the word is spread to the community in need via their social media platforms.

Follow Brisbane area food charities social accounts

Micah Projects
Ecumenical Coffee Brigade
Hope Street Café
Foodbank
FareShare
Wesley Mission’s Brisbane Relief Hub
3rd Space, Fortitude Valley
Redcliffe Breakfast Club
Meals on Wheels
Caboolture Community Action
Inala Youth Service
Drug Arm Street Outreach Service
Ipswich Food Barn
Lighthouse Care
Loaves and Fishes Street Meet
Vans and Street Kitchens Brisbane
Sandbag

This list is not exhaustive, if you are aware of additional food charities actively operating in the Brisbane area during the pandemic, please email hello@adderton.org.au so they may be added to the list.

WATCH THE 4 MINUTE VIDEO DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE ISSUE OF FOOD SECURITY AND THE WORK OF OZHARVEST HIGHLIGHTED BY ARTIST, ELIZABETH WILLING FOR ‘A FIERCE HOPE’

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