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Food hampers distributed to residents ‘doing it tough’ under Covid lockdown

FROM today (Friday August 13 2021) Wollongong City Council will be working with Foodbank and Green Connect to help distribute up to 180 emergency food hampers to people doing it tough under COVID lockdown.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the support package aimed to help those who have been most affected by current restrictions to put food on the table.

“These free emergency food hampers are specifically for those in our community who may have been made unemployed or are suffering a loss of income due to the COVID-19 lockdown,” he said.

“If you are in need, you can nominate yourself, or someone else you know who needs help, by visiting the Green Connect website or calling them directly.”

Each food hamper will contain a selection of dry goods such as rice, pasta, tinned fish, vegetables, fruit, cereal, milk, coffee and tea, which don’t need to be stored in the fridge.

Availability is limited and if you have any questions, call Green Connect on 02 4243 1537 or visit their website to nominate yourself or someone else for a free emergency food hamper.

Green Connect general manager, Kylie Flament said many people who aren’t used to asking for help are needing it right now.

“We invite everyone who needs a bit of help to reach out to us. We’ll all get through this difficult time with a bit of kindness from others. What goes around comes around, and next time it may be you offering the support.”

Foodbank is funded by NSW Health to provide free emergency food hampers for community members in financial hardship under COVID lockdown.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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