SINCE the COVID-19 pandemic, partners of the Food Connections Clarence Program have gone above and beyond to meet the new and increased needs of their communities.
Food Connections Clarence is a group of organisations, businesses, schools and volunteers that are committed to working together with Clarence City Council to help improve access to healthy, low cost food to those most vulnerable.
Partners include Abundant Life Church, Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre, Clarence High School, Moto Vecchia Café, Rose Bay High School, South Arm Peninsula Residents Association (SAPRA) Inc, Southern Support School, Tasmanian Health Service-Health Promotion, Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre, and Clarence City Council.
“They have always been a strong support for the most vulnerable in the community, with food relief during this time being at the forefront of this support,” Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre manager Leanne Doherty said.
“Food is one of those things that brings people together, and it’s not just about getting a meal, but also about seeing someone and having that connection.
“We’re not wasting money on doing things separately, we work together and share the load within our municipality – why would someone do something and spend so much money when they can be sharing it and touch a whole lot more people.”
Ms Doherty said the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre had been working with Clarence High School as part of its hospitality training.
“They put on an event once a term where we bring participants along and they show their skills in cooking, serving, taking orders and thinks like that,” she said.
“They also participate in an annual event we have called ‘Living Well in Clarence’, which the Food Connections Clarence partnership is involved with.
“The school provides pre-prepared meals to the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre, which we give out as part of our food assistance.”
A group of SAPRA Inc volunteers have also been touching base with those in their community who might be more isolated, vulnerable and needing a touch of kindness.
Known for its strong community spirit, the South Arm locals have delivered home-cooked treats, supplies, frozen meals and other goods, which were donated from the Abundant Life Church in Lauderdale and the Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre.
For more information about the services and programs available, visit the Food Connections Clarence Facebook page.
Caption: A Food Connections Clarence community lunch for Seniors Week.