Production line for packing of hampers
29 May 2020
Have you seen hampers of hope being delivered to households in your area? Helping hands across the territory are collaborating to connect vulnerable community members with food and hygiene essentials through the Canberra Relief Network.
Thanks to the combined efforts of 19 community organisations and many volunteers, those that are currently unable to purchase groceries and other necessities due to the impact of COVID-19 are receiving hampers full of supplies.
Canberra’s strong community spirit is at the heart of this alliance, with volunteers helping pack and deliver the hampers. “We start at 8:30am and load our vehicle with as many hampers as possible. Once loaded we set out to deliver to multiple locations. On our first day we delivered 87 boxes to 10 locations,” says Damian Kennedy, an ACT State Emergency Services volunteer.
By mid-May the number of hampers delivered was over 3200, helping a wide range of residents from carers to international students through to casual workers. Attention to detail is key with boxes tailored to households, even taking the time to source gluten-free products where needed.
“I wanted to be a volunteer to show my support and help the vulnerable in our community during COVID-19,” says Damian.
Find out more about the Canberra Relief Network at canberrarelief.com.au.