Power in Partnerships
Preston Rotary supports the Reservoir Neighbourhood House (RNH) and Bridge Darebin (BD).
Both organisations were providing food relief in their communities, the need became next level almost overnight when COVID-19 began. Good news; this collaboration enabled organisations to work together to support the local community.
When RNH opened their grocery giveaways, there were 150 people in need. But they didn't have the building space or staff to manage demand. Preston Rotary supported the first food relief with RNH during the first week of lockdown. They were able to source 200 meals within four days. The following week the program was increased to include people living at public housing in East Reservoir.
It became extremely difficult to source bulk food and keep social distancing measures whilst the need for more support kept growing. The organisation Bridge Darebin assisted through their bulk food store to support the program. Within a matter of days, donations had transformed the Darebin Neighbourhood House’s capacity to provide food relief.
- 4,040 FareShare two-person meals
- 3,300 grocery bags (1,100 deliveries)
- 2 pallets of fruit and veg and 2 pallets of dairy products
- 400 hygiene packs
- Supporting 13 welfare/community organisations to access between 20 – 80 meals each week for their communities.
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