COVID has impacted everyone in our community but its biggest impact has been on the most vulnerable. Jesus calls us to love our neighbours and to especially care for those who are most in need. One of the needs providing food to those who can’t afford it. St John’s is partnering with three local community groups to provide food support to those in need.
A community food pantry has been installed at St John’s, accessibly 24/7 by those needing food supplies for any reason. This has been done in partnership with Diamond Valley Community Support
The pantry is located under the veranda of the portable building at the top of the carpark at St John’s Diamond Creek.
Food Collective Supermarket
The Whittlesea Food Collective have a supermarket supplying food for FREE to people in need, in the City of Whittlesea Shire (not suburb). They are looking for volunteers to help facilitate their programs on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as for food donations, both fresh and non-perishable and financial support. Find out more and register to volunteer at their Facebook page or foodcollective.org.au. If you’d like to donate food directly visit their Donation Page.
Kirk sat down with Oreste who coordinates the Food Collective and you can watch their discussion below. In their discussion Oreste outlines the great need there is for food support, how the pandemic has increased the need, and the ways you can make a difference:
Veronica’s Pantry, along with the Diamond Creek CFA and St John’s Diamond Creek, have delivered a number of hampers of non-perishable food and sanitary items available for people struggling through lockdown. These hampers have been delivered by volunteers from St John’s, and for now, no more volunteers are needed.