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Calling for volunteers and help for a food bank in Victoria, Australia Answered

I hope it is ok to post this, is not please delete it.

I am a volunteer for Northpoint Church Tullamarine in Tullamarine, Victoria, Australia.
Before becoming jobless I had no idea about food banks at all and I was sent there by my job agency to "work for the dole".
What I soon realised is that a food bank is not just a place handing out food....

We have people from all sorts of social background coming every week to get help in the form of basic foods, fruits, vegetables and baby food.
They all have one thing in common: Not enough money to feed the family or themself.
When I started I only saw it as a "must do to make the job agent and gouvernment happy" thing, but after a few days I realised it is so much more.
The gratitude people show for giving them things we otherwise might take for granted is sometimes hard to ignore and their stories can make your eyes run like a waterfall.
Unlike food services run by councils or other organisations we don't judge!
This means you can come every week with your "Healthcare Card" and get some food withoug someone asking questions or judging.
I could not get any up to date videos but here is a short video showing the services provided and how we all work together:
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If you have some spare time and like to help other people in need please contact Northpoint using their website:
Pastor Loren Pratt will welcome anyone with a good heart :)
People with office skills, good organistional talents highly welcome.
If you have a small van and would be willing to transport the food parcels from the headquarter to one of the outlets it would be fantastic!
Commercial size fridges and freezers are thing in great demand with our client base growing faster every month, if you have some to spare we would be happy to use them if they are in a good and clean condition.
All the food we can provide is either paid by members of the church through donations or provided by bakeries, supermarkets and state wide food services.
If you run a food business and can provide vegetables, fruits or eggs it would be great if you could join us.
Having a financial sponsor would also be great as the entire system only works through volunteers and donations, bills build up and costs are rising, so every dollar counts.

Northpoint is a non profit organisation backed by the Northpoint Church and entirely run by volunteers.
If you have questions and would like to get more information feel free to contact Northpoint through the above link or send me a PM.


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5 years ago

The use of foodbanks is growing in the UK as well.

Good luck with your work.


Reply 5 years ago

I really think our work helps a lot of people and it is quite rewarding, although it took me a bit of time to realise it.