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The People’s Pantry
The People’s Pantry exists to support locals facing food insecurity.
We are located at 1007 Botany Rd, Mascot (opposite Mascot Memorial Park).
Our food relief program is fuelled by donations from our community.
Our kitchen cabinets are stocked with pantry and baby items provided by locals, for locals.
How we started
The People’s Pantry was established in June 2019 when a particularly tough winter saw many south-east Sydney residents asking us for help.
We put out a call for help with food donations, and the response was overwhelming. Since then, the need has only gotten greater.
COVID-19, and its flow on effects, have changed the face of food insecurity in Australia, according to Foodbank.
Those who were already struggling before coronavirus hit have felt the effects more quickly and more seriously.
Many charities, such as South Eastern Community Connect (SECC), have seen a significant increase in the frequency of demand for food relief. In 2019, 15% of Australians experiencing food insecurity were seeking food relief at least once a week. In 2020, this doubled to 31%. And the numbers have continued to climb in the pandemic crisis of 2021.
While our biggest concerns at present are combating food insecurity, isolation and the mental health impact of the pandemic are even bigger problems.
The beauty of our community centre is that locals who are struggling can pick up the food they need and find out more about our other vital community programs and services.
Currently, we’re assisting over 100 households and have a rapidly increasing weekly demand. Clients also have access to The People’s Closet, which supplies them with free clothing and home essentials.
Do you need food support?
We have a drop-in service at the Hub during these times every week:
- Wednesdays: 1pm to 4pm
- Thursdays: 9.30am to 3pm
- Fridays: 1pm to 4pm
Enquiries can be made to Emily on 0415 783 558, but you can just drop in any time.
Can you donate food?
Donations of food are gratefully accepted between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday. Many are choosing to make an online order via Coles or Woolworths and have them delivered to 1007 Botany Rd, Mascot during these hours.
If you can donate non-perishable food supplies for local families, please email email@example.com or call 0415 783 558.
No donation is too small as many hands make light work.
Together we can combat food insecurity.
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