Parliament meals initiative keeps delivering

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In a significant milestone, the number of meals prepared in the Parliament House kitchens for vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 emergency has now surpassed 175,000.

“This has been an important investment by our Parliament in the health and well-being of people in need over several months,” Legislative Council President Shaun Leane said.

“The charities we have partnered with tell us what a big difference this is making at a time when their services are in greater demand,” Mr Leane said.

Organisations delivering the meals from Parliament House include The Salvation Army, The Lazarus Centre, St Peter’s Eastern Hill Anglican Church, Heaven at the Hill social enterprise, the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Melbourne City Mission, St Vincent de Paul Society and St Mary’s House of Welcome.

Parliament’s 2019-20 appropriation is being used to support the program with $292,877 spent in the month of May 2020. Funds have been directed to this initiative as some of Parliament’s planned activities could not be undertaken due to COVID-19.

“So many organisations are doing good work in our community to help people in need at this time. As a Parliament we wanted to show our support for their work and contribute to the well-being of Victorians,” Legislative Assembly Speaker Colin Brooks said.

“We’ve seen for ourselves the difference this is making in the community where these meals are being delivered. It’s shown us that this is the right thing to do,” Mr Brooks said.

Our partner charities confirm that the Parliament meals initiative is easing the pressure on them, particularly as the small kitchens in their premises would not have coped with the increased demand they are experiencing.

“This is a time for people to work together and it’s a great example of what working together means,” Mr Leane said.

“This initiative has helped to keep people in jobs and, even more importantly, has helped to keep people from going hungry,” Mr Brooks added.


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