The Community Co-op is a collaborative food relief program run by One Meal, Hopefield, Orana and Shire Salvos.
The Community Co-op was created to respond to the increasing food relief demand, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Co-op partners with and supports existing Community Service groups providing a continuity of food supply, through community and business donation and sponsorship arrangements.
Our aim is to assist Sutherland Shire & Northern Beaches based food charities to cope with the growth in food relief demand and to address food supply issues that are already impacting charity groups resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The program providing food relief support for more than 300 individuals / families each week. With the continuing economic uncertainty and the spike in unemployment, we expect this number to grow significantly.
The Co-op model has established an inward supply chain operating at a scale that makes the required logistical effort worthwhile and effective. It has also allowed us to approach wholesalers (and large businesses) for support, rather than small businesses (many of which are under significant pressure). The outward supply chain utilises established charity distribution channels to reach the areas of need across the community.
The food relief organisations that are working with the co-op to support families / individuals in need are (so far) :
- One Meal
- The Salvation Army
- Revitalise church
- Southside Care
- St Aloiysious
- Caringbah Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Platform 9
- St Francis School
- Urban food
- Sutherland Shire Family Services inc
We have already made significant progress in terms of food supply arrangements and working to further the support base.
For the next six months (likely 12 or more), we want to support those doing it tough in our community through the provision of:
- non-perishable goods (please support our food drive)
- fresh fruit, veggies, bread etc
- nutritious, ready to ‘heat and eat’ packaged takeaway meals
We also ensure that referral mechanisms are in place within our partner charities to ensure community members benefiting from the program are able to access the additional services offered within our charitable networks – counselling / financial assistance / housing assistance etc.
OUR PROGRAM PARTNERS
Orana NSW Inc.
(operating since 1968)
With a mix of state, local and community funding, Orana operate two neighbourhood information and referral centres. Programs include social inclusion, adult leisure learning, community meals (food relief) and support groups. Orana also provide domestic violence case management and counselling services as well as an early intervention home visit support program for families with newborn babies and toddlers.
(formally Southern Community Welfare)
brings hope and healing by helping people overcome challenges through a range of clinical and support services aimed at providing structure and support for meaningful change. Hopeﬁeld’s operations have three overlapping areas: Provision of Therapeutic Support (principally counselling, psychological services and speech therapy), Support Services Programs (oﬀering case management, and facilitating groups with marginalised / vulnerable people) and Community Education (building awareness, skills and better management of concerns).
The Salvation Army
(Sutherland Shire branch)
With locations in Miranda, Menai, Helensburgh and Engadine, (known as “Shire Salvos”) offers an holistic well-being approach with physical, emotional and spiritual supports. Services include emergency/crisis relief (such as food, clothing, advocacy and financial assistance) and access to information/resources to address needs including free financial counselling. Shire Salvos provides community and mentoring programs, including individual/group life skills courses, and court support with the Positive Lifestyle Program and manages transitional housing in the Sutherland Shire for people who are vulnerable/impacted by domestic violence.
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