Just over half of parents experiencing food insecurity (54%) have sought food assistance from a charity, with two in five (40%) seeking food assistance in the last 12 months.
Citipointe Community Care first established their food relief program back in 2011 servicing approximately over 2000 people annually. Based in Inala their community is diverse and sees them helping refugees, asylum seekers, low-Income families, single parent homes, drug and alcohol affected community members, the disabled, those affected by domestic violence, the homeless and indigenous Australians.
Those seeking assistance have come from many African nations, Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East to New Zealand.
The Foodcare Team consists of over 60 dedicated volunteers weekly to serve the local community in a number of ways including:
- School Breakfast Clubs to 3000 students
- Distribution of approx. of 21 tonnes of fresh produce to over 5000 people per week
- Low-cost food store open to all including the already 3000+ members
- Free breakfast and lunch daily to those in need through the Kitchen Connect Team
Groups such as Inala Youth Service, Inala Housing, Inala Headspace and the Brisbane City Council. As well as Indigenous Community Health and their ‘Closing the Gap’ program. QLD Mental Health assisting their Chaplaincy and food for families in need. Scripture Union through initiation and inauguration of School Breakfast Programs in the Western Suburbs.
“It’s so wonderful knowing how much Foodbank actually cares for people and are changing the course of the stories written of humanity.” says Bree.
If you would like to support the ongoing efforts of Foodbank Queensland, in working with organisations like Citipointe Community Care, donations can be made at any time by completing our online form.