Thanks to the funds received from the Transurban Community Grant Program, Burnie Brae’s Project Pantry Food Support Program delivered Christmas hampers and emergency food relief to more than 400 aged and disability pensioners and families in need over the recent holiday period.

Project Pantry is supported by a group of dedicated volunteers who are involved with a monthly market day for pensioners and provide emergency food relief for people in crisis.

The grant helped Burnie Brae purchase food and luxury items in the lead up to market days in November and December, as well as providing emergency food relief for more than 40 individuals and families.

Burnie Brae Community Support Officer Jodie Goddard said the grant had provided much needed funds to ensure the program could deliver a quality service to clients over the holiday period.

“A lot of individuals and families struggle to make ends meet over Christmas, therefore access to emergency food hampers makes a huge difference,” Ms Goddard said.

“The extra hamper at Christmas time is also a bonus for our clients as it contained luxury items their financial situation would not normally allow.

“Over this period there is an increase in the number of individuals and families in crisis, therefore having the resources available for emergency food hampers is vital to helping those struggling just to meet basic needs.”

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