Food relief organisations play a critical role in rescuing perfectly good food from going to waste and helping to re-distribute it to those in need. Levels of food insecurity can vary from feeling uncertain about the ability to obtain enough food for your family, to always being hungry. It’s an immediate issue, that requires immediate action – and one of the ways to help is to donate food.
There are numerous food relief organisations in the Illawarra, which accept food donations from individuals and larger donations from businesses.
IN THE ILLAWARRA
HopeStreet Community Service Port Kembla (previously Darcy House)
During COVID-19 Restrictions: Takeaway breakfast (9:15 am – 11:00am) and takeaway lunch (11:00 am – 2:00 pm), Mon – Fri.
Food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to community organisations supporting people in need across the country.
Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre
During COVID restrictions: Emergency food relief by appointment – call 4285 3715 on Thu – Fri between 9am – 3pm.
Warrawong Residents Forum (previous Warrawong Community Kitchen)
During COVID-19 restrictions: Takeaway lunch on Tue – Thu 11:30am to 12:30pm, and additional fresh fruit and veg available to take home on Tuesdays only (BYO Bag).
Food Donations at the Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre
Need A Feed and The Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre collaborate in the distribution of donated food to go towards helping those in need with their breakfast program.
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Hungry – Travis Harvey, Oz Harvest
Turning unwanted coconuts into 2000 curries, 10 tonnes of donated squash into soup, leftover egg yolks from 16,000 Black Star Pastry watermelon-strawberry cakes into banana curd and working out what to do with 800 kilograms of airplane food picked up from the domestic airport gate – these are just some of the things that Travis Harvey handles as executive chef of food-rescue charity OzHarvest.