Terri Butler MP is urging the Morrison Government to direct extra funding to local food banks and emergency relief organisations in Griffith, to meet a spike in need caused by the Coronavirus crisis.
As the economic downturn bites, Community Friends and other local organisations are struggling to keep up with demand for food parcels and are facing a shortfall in supplies, volunteers and money.
The Government’s announcement of additional funding for emergency relief and financial counselling is important and it has the potential to make a big difference to people facing a tough time.
Ms Butler has written to the federal Minister for Families and Social Services asking for a share of funding announced earlier this year to be directed to local organisations, including Community Friends, Community Plus+ (West End Community House) and Bulimba Community Centre.
"Loss of income is putting locals under significant stress with people really struggling to pay the bills, rent or mortgage, and put food on the table,” Ms Butler said.
"Australia is in a deep and painful recession with nearly a million unemployed and facing intense financial pressure.
"Food Bank says more than a million people are relying on charity just to eat each day.
“It’s now really important money gets to the front line as quickly as possible, and that means boosting funding for local organisations like Community Friends, Community Plus+ (West End Community House) and Bulimba Community Centre that are helping those who have been hit hard by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus.
“These organisations have the experience, local connections and community trust that is needed at a time like this.
“We are all facing this test together, and it is a chance for our community to be kind, caring and helpful to one another.
“I want to thank the members of the Griffith community that have provided much needed support to these organisations to get them through these difficult times, in the absence of adequate federal government funding.
“We all have a duty to look out for our family, friends and neighbours, and help out where we can.”
Ms Butler will be helping Community Friends distribute food parcels in West End today from 3.00pm.
Locals wanting to help out by volunteering their time or donating food or money can get in touch with the office of Terri Butler MP or contact Community Friends, Community Plus (West End Community House) and Bulimba Community Centre.
WEDNESDAY, 15 JULY 2020