Addi Road Community Organisation launches appeal for emergency food relief as demand soars

Addi Road Community Organisation launches appeal for emergency food relief as demand soars
Image: Rosanna Barbero, CEO, Addison Road Community Organisation. Image: Supplied

by GRACE JOHNSON, SYDNEY BALDWIN

 

Beloved community organisation Addi Road has launched an appeal for emergency food relief, with demands skyrocketing by 180 per cent just the past few months. 

The community organisation has noted 2024 as one of the busiest years yet for their Food Justice Program as the cost of living surges.

“Clearly, people are doing it tough,” spokesperson Georgie Oakeshott told City Hub. 

“It’s busy, there’s a lot of people waiting to go into the pantry,” she continued. “We’ve got the fundraising callout going now because we could be doing so much more.”

Addi Road Food Pantry. Image: Supplied

The Addi Road Food Pantry, set up like a small supermarket, offers food at a reduced price to people in need, with no proof of income or visa status required.

Once someone spends over $5, they are offered free fruit, vegetables and bread.

Though the pantry receives generous donations, much of the food is bought by the organisation.

“The more we can fundraise, the more we can do,” Georgie reiterated. “It’s now more important than ever.”

As part of their efforts to fight food insecurity, Addi Road also rescues 460,000 kgs of edible food per year from going to waste in the landfill. Even with minimal government funding, they are able to feed 425,000 people a year (over 8,500 a week).

Members of the Addi Road Community Organisation. Image: Supplied

Addi Road is a charity working to rescue food and fight hunger. Working with front line partners, they distribute over 20,000 free meals to vulnerable community members.

They are currently rescuing 460,000 kgs of edible food per year from going to waste in the landfill.

“At a time when people are going hungry, the amount of edible food going to landfill is shocking,” said Georgia.

Also, now feeding 425,000 people a year, (over 8,500 people a week) Addi Road executes all of this with minimal government funding. 

In addition, Addi Road also regularly offers free medical check-ups, legal consults, recycled clothing, toys, books, laundry and hair & beauty services. 

Those wishing to make a donation can do so here.

 

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