Feeding multicultural community

An Afri Aus food drive. Photo: SUPPLIED

Three Pakenham based support groups will each receive between $15,000 and $20,000 to help keep culturally appropriate food on tables of those in need.

Bass MP Jordan Crugnale announced this week funding for local organisations AfriAus iLEAC Inc, Pakenham ($20,000), Living Learning Pakenham ($15,000) and Multicultural Youth Support Services, Pakenham ($15,000) to deliver immediate food relief services to local multicultural communities.

“We are supporting AfriAus iLEAC Inc, Living Learning Pakenham and Multicultural Youth Support Services to continue their important work – because no-one should go hungry,” she said.

“Our local community organisations do such invaluable work by caring, supporting and also providing food for our community members doing it tough right now.

“This funding means they can continue serving the communities they know so well when that help is needed most.”

Funded through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities During Coronavirus program, they are three of the 99 organisations sharing in more than $1.4 million to continue their important work, including providing food hampers, freshly cooked meals, groceries and essential items to community members in need.

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 State 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.