Helping hand for Bankstown families in need

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP visited Bankstown Women’s Health Centre on Thursday to see their program ‘Food Share’ in action.

Food Share provides people in need in our local community access to weekly fresh fruit, vegetables and other groceries.

The food is donated by Foodbank Australia, Coles Community Food partnered with SecondBite, the Greenacre Area Community Centre and Valley Bakery, Greenacre.

The Food Share program is run by Jenny Ashwood from Bankstown Women’s Health Centre with a team of 10 volunteers every Thursday from 9:30am at their office on Jacobs Street.

The program has become a community hub, reducing food insecurity, ensuring the community has access to fresh nutritional food and meeting the community nutrition and health needs.

“This is a great initiative for local families who need that extra help,” Mr Clare said.

“A recent report by NSW Council of Social Service highlighted what we already know. People in our local area are really struggling. Unemployment is high. Wages are low. A lot of people are struggling to pay the bills and the rent.

“Initiatives like Food Share are so important for families to eat healthy food they would normally skip because of the cost.”

“We see over 120 people walk through our doors every Thursday,” said Mariam Mourad, Chief Executive Officer of Bankstown Women’s Health Centre.

“Although doors open at 9:30am, we sometimes have people lining up from early in the morning. This shows just how much people in our area need services like this to feed their families.

“We’re very fortunate to have the support of organisations like Foodbank and SecondBite to help us run this program.”

ISSUED: Friday, 1 November 2019
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