Reservoir Neighbourhood House
We’re celebrating some of our COVID Crusaders – our charity partners who are working hard on the front line to help the growing number of people seeking food relief across Victoria, just like Reservoir Neighbourhood House.
Before COVID-19, Reservoir Neighbourhood House was operating a series of weekly food programs for their community. From small targeted cooking initiatives, free soup days, to the daily grocery hamper service, these largely volunteer-run programs were assisting more than 450 people a month.
Angie, Executive Officer at the centre, has said that although they had to shut their doors during the pandemic, they have kept working tirelessly to address the growing need for food relief.
“We joined together with other organisations and businesses and were able to give out around 3900 grocery bags within an eight-week period. It’s made us (Darebin Neighbourhood Houses) realise how much strength and support we have, how fast we can implement things in crisis situations and how much trust we have from partners who believe in our work and have the same focus – community.”
The impacts of COVID-19 have seen sweeping changes in the demographics of those accessing food relief, with many people receiving help for the first time.
“Some people who described themselves as comfortable and had previously been donating to charities were now asking for support for basics such as food,”
With the move to stage 4 restrictions, Angie and the team have again adapted, providing additional mental health resources for those struggling in isolation.
And to those who are finding lockdown difficult, Angie has some words of encouragement.
There is no right and wrong in COVID-19. We are all in this together, though our experiences may feel very different. Do one thing each day (big or small) that brings you joy or spreads joy to someone else.