Tailem Bend locals have come together to prepare hundreds of meals for the region’s most hungry.
The Tailem Bend Community Centre (TBCC) identified 200 households most in need in the Murraylands and got to work on Friday 22 May in preparing home cooked meals and putting together pantry packs for them.
Beef, lamb and chicken roasts with all the trimmings were made with some produce (pumpkin, kale, herbs and spices) picked from the centre's community garden.
Volunteer drivers from the centre's Murray Mallee Community Passenger Network then delivered the packs across a 10,000 square kilometre area.
Recipients were thrilled to receive the home cooked meals and pantry staples. One woman called Juneth commented on the centre's Facebook page, "as a very grateful recipient, I send heartfelt thanks to all involved". Another commenter, Kevin, said, "well done and thank you for helping out in the town. This is team work at its best."
The initiative, with support from the Australian Government Department of Health, was coordinated by TBCC CEO Tammy Shepherd and volunteers who conducted an initial 'needs analysis' which involved phoning the bulk of the centre's 3,000-strong client base to establish who was most in need of support.
Mrs Shepherd said the program may expand in the future as she has had some interest from organisations looking at initiatives in rural communities.
"We are in negotiations with an organisation that is looking at providing us with the produce and if we've got the logistics and the data to support it then there could be an ongoing project for a few weeks throughout this COVID situation," Mrs Shepherd said.
Story by Jennie Lenman.
Photo supplied by the Tailem Bend Community Centre