Gold Coast charity Plus One Care has served up a staggering 20,000 kilograms of food this year to struggling members of our community.
Plus One Care executive director Jim Anderson said the organisation feeds more than 400 families every month, a figure that has escalated throughout 2017, with a record 511 people receiving food assistance in September alone.
“In the early months of this year, we were feeding an average of 260 to 270 people per month, and that number has steadily increased, reflecting the difficulties people are having in the current economic climate,” Mr Anderson said.
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“It has been documented that rates of homelessness and domestic violence on the Gold Coast have risen dramatically, but we are also seeing many small business owners whose companies have shut down and families who are out of work and can’t afford to put dinner on the table.”
New data released by Plus One Care reveals the organisation has provided food assistance to approximately 3522 individuals between January and September this year.
More than 1,200 food hampers have been distributed by the charity, along with more than 3,100 frozen meals made from fresh and non-perishable produce, totalling more than 20,000kg of food.
With so many mouths to feed, the Reedy Creek-based support agency has reached out to the community to help raise $35,000 to fund much-needed upgrades to its kitchen facilities.
Mr Anderson said the charity is hoping to reach the fundraising target by Christmas. “We are looking to refit the kitchen with commercial grade, stainless steel appliances and equipment including new ovens and sinks to improve efficiency and allow our volunteers to cook as often as they need to.”
“There are good-hearted people out there, and we are appealing to the community to donate their time and talent or make a tax-deductable contribution so we can make this project happen.”
In addition to donating money, Mr Anderson said they are looking for local tradespeople to lend their services and are encouraging locals to shop at the Plus One Care op shop, which stocks a huge variety of women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing and shoes as well as furniture, toys, books, and much more.
Plus One Care is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm with the op shop open until 3pm at 56 Gemvale Rd, Reedy Creek. For more information and to donate, visit: plusonecare.org/