Wollongong’s wealthiest asking for more food

Wollongong’s wealthiest suburbs are asking if ‘please, sir, can they have some more?’ to help families in the area seeking emergency relief because they are unable to afford food.

Suburbs falling under the 2515 postcode banner, such as Thirroul and Wombarra are being asked to leave cans of food on their doorsteps on the 2nd of June from 2:30pm to be collected for the Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre Emergency Relief Programme as part of their ‘Food Campaign @2515’.

Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre co-ordinator Emily Messieh says the program assists people in crisis, “In a way that maintains dignity and encourages self-reliance.”

“Each week, we see an average of 21 families. In March we saw 72 families requesting Emergency Relief.”

MP Sharon Bird says a small hand from the community can often make a huge difference to individuals and encourages anyone with a spare can or two to take part.

“Many of us will often have an abundance of food tins in our pantries that may eventually go to waste. A small donation of one or two tins of food can ensure that someone in our community has something to eat when they otherwise might have to go without,” says Ms Bird.

18-year-old Heath is one of the programmes clients and says it helped him in ways he wouldn’t have been able to do himself, “They gave me food vouchers when I had no money. They even gave us hampers for home.”

“There is no way I could repay Emily and the Centre for what they have done for me.”

Joint organiser from St David’s Anglican Church in Thirroul David Green says it’s easy to scoff at people living in an affluent area struggling to meet living costs, “However, it takes only a redundancy, closure or relocation/amalgamation of an employer’s business or a prolonged sickness with the family to impact on our ability to manage financially.”

The Food Campaign @2515 will also be door-knocking on Sunday 26 May to encourage households to donate tins of food.

David Green

02 4268 3444

Michael Lavilles

0433 779 887

Food Campaign @ 2515 is organised by Thirroul and Austinmer Anglican Churches in partnership with Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre