Today, we are facing a severe funding shortfall, placing essential community services like Meals Plus under threat.
The effects of this shortfall will hit the most vulnerable and marginalised in our community the hardest.
Meals Plus continues to operate during the current COVID-19 pandemic, as we are an essential service. In fact, our work has never been more vital as more people in the community face increased hardship.
We are committed to keeping our doors open to provide takeaway meals, food parcels and welfare to those who are homeless or facing hardship during the current crisis. With so many people losing their income we fear the numbers will continue to increase and we need your help now more than ever.
The Meals Plus service receives no government funding, so is entirely reliant on the kindness of supporters like you. In recent months, rising costs and a dramatic increase in the demand for our services, has left us facing a funding deficit of $199,793
We never know the moment when someone will reach out for help. It’s why we have worked tirelessly to keep Meals Plus open 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. And every day almost 200 people come to us for a filling meal.
Our program is run in the leanest way possible while still maintaining the highest standard of care for those we help. The majority of our staff are highly dedicated volunteers who freely give their time to help those less fortunate.
And the meal is just the beginning. Our Meals Plus service offers so much more. We provide shower and laundry services, financial and legal advice and help finding permanent accommodation.
It’s a safe and welcoming environment where vulnerable people make connections and share their experiences with others in their community.
It’s not a hand-out, but a helping hand to a brighter future.
So, what now? Put very simply, if we cannot raise the $199,793 needed by 31st March, we will have to make some extremely difficult decisions.
If we are forced to scale back Meals Plus, it would severely affect our ability to help those that rely on us each day for support. Just last week we identified 80 rough sleepers in Parramatta city alone. And every week women and their children seek refuge with us, escaping lives of violence and abuse. We must remain open and accessible to all who need us.
By coming together and acting now we can transform the lives of the most marginalised and vulnerable in our community.
Please, show you support with a kind gift today.
Without us – this is where John* will get his meals.