The Victorian government has announced they will provide 99 organisations with $1.4 million to continue delivering immediate food relief services to multicultural communities, as the state remains at home.
This will allow the organisations to continue their important work, including by providing food hampers, freshly cooked meals, groceries and essential items to community members in need.
“We’re helping put food on the table for Victorians in need – no Victorian should go hungry because of this pandemic,” minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence said.
“Victoria’s multicultural communities have remained strong while facing the challenges of the pandemic, and we are ensuring they receive the help they need to keep going.
“Community organisations do such an important job feeding people and keeping them connected, and this will allow them to continue serving the communities they know so well.”
Funded through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities During Coronavirus program, organisations including Fijian Community Association Victoria and the Ballarat African Association will be supported to continue providing communities with culturally appropriate food relief.
The Khalsa Foundation is also being funded to continue its food delivery service providing groceries and essential items to Shepparton residents.
Almost $23 million has already been invested through the program, enabling support to more than 500,000 Victorians since it began in August 2020.
Since the start of the pandemic, the government has funded more than 320 community organisations through the program to provide emergency relief, food support and community outreach, as well as targeted communication through translated materials and community-led content.
This builds on the $5 million committed to the program in June, to ensure Victoria’s multicultural communities are well-supported to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A complete list of the funded recipients can be found here.