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Food relief charity welcomes new hub


OzHarvest has a new base in Windale, with the charity setting up a food relief hub.

With an increasing demand for assistance during COVID-19, the hub is expected to provide 700 pre-cooked meals and over 600 hampers each week to 60 local charities across the Hunter.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser has welcomed the initiative, which will see thousands of meals provided to people right across Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.

“COVID-19 has impacted on people’s lives in an unprecedented way,” she said.

“The need for services like OzHarvest provides has increased, so it is incredible that they have been able to establish a hub so quickly to deliver meals and hampers to those who are most in need across our communities.

“Council has also agreed to supply food and garden green bins and waive any associated waste service fees to help support OzHarvest.”

OzHarvest Newcastle Manager Nicki Lembcke said the new OzHarvest hub at PCYC Windale would run in addition to their regular food rescue program that already delivered around 35,000 meals a week to support local charities.

“Food relief is at an all-time high and we are doing whatever it takes to help meet the increased demand across the Hunter,” she said.

“Thanks goes to our wonderful yellow army of volunteers who give up their precious time to pack hampers and distribute cooked meals out of the new hub.

“We are truly grateful for the support of both volunteers and Lake Macquarie City Council for helping get the hub up and running so quickly.

“It’s a true testament to community spirit in these challenging times.”

If you would like to donate, visit OzHarvest’s website.

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