The Byron Community Centre recently commenced a new food outreach service called the Byron Community Pantry.
This service responds to the urgent need to support vulnerable community members who are financially and physically unable to shop due to the current Novel Coronavirus crisis.
In its first week in operation, the Byron Community Pantry has made 200 home deliveries within the Byron Shire. Families and singles received boxes that typically include meals, fruit & vegetables, bread, tinned & dry goods as well as personal care items. In addition to that, people came to the Fletcher St Kitchen on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday where volunteers from the Liberation Larder handed out takeaway meals between 11am – 1pm and also distributed bread and other available goods.
This is a total of 300 meals distributed by the Byron Community Pantry in only one week!
The present health crisis with its new regulations and restrictions left many Byron Shire residents without a job, and the necessary income to support themselves or their families. As a result, the demand for essential services to help with meals and groceries has drastically increased. Frontline workers at the Byron Community Centre expect the number of people in need of help to explode as they already see people who have never accessed their services asking for help. Furthermore, they expect the need for this vital community service to last for the next six to nine months.
Byron Community Centre frontline workers expect the number of people in need of help to explode as they already see people who have never accessed their services asking for help. Furthermore, they expect the need for this vital community service to continue for the next 6 to 9 months. They are concerned that they will run out of goods and won’t be able to help the most vulnerable community member when they need their support most. That’s why they are asking for financial contributions from the community to help them help locals need.
A regular donation of only $30 per month provides a struggling family with one meal per day. If you are in a position to support the Byron Community Pantry with a financial donation, please click the button below
To contact the Byron Community Pantry for food delivery in the Byron Shire, call 0482 787 552 from Monday to Thursday between 10am – 2pm to arrange delivery.