Charities fight hunger during lockdown

By Frazer Ramsden

Oz Harvest Sunshine Coast is buying food from local farms in response to losing one third of their donations since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

The shortages were due to decreased donations from supermarkets, butchers and bakeries who have been economically affected by the pandemic.

Oz Harvest were forced to rely on money from the public, which has been used for the last two months to purchase the food instead.

Oz Harvest Sunshine Coast chapter coordinator Michele Lipner said despite the change she was not worried that the charity was at risk.

“I had enough funds to continue our operations, but I did not have enough food to give to all the organisations that needed it,” Lipner said.

“If I had not started purchasing food, my ability to satisfy all requirements would have been at least halved.”

The Marcoola Surf Club decided they could help in the fight against hunger as well, and are delivering 200 meals a week to people financially impacted by Covid-19.

Marcoola Surf Club duty manger Tahnee Roach said other pubs and clubs should run similar programs.

“Give back to your community guys,” she said.

“We rely on them to support us, so why not support them when they have no support at all?”

Marcoola resident Suzanne Small was nominated for the program because her husband has been unemployed since February following Covid-19 restrictions.

She said the initiative was great, but does not think other businesses must follow suit.

“I don’t believe they have to take on that burden, since they might not even have a business when everything turns back to normal,” she said.

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