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St Hilary’s Hope Food Drive 2017

Camcare has received over 700 large shopping bags filled with approximately 9,000 dry and non-perishable food items, conservatively valued in excess of $27,000.

The delivery was entirely thanks to the HOPE FOR BOROONDARA AND BEYOND” initiative organised by St Hilary’s Church in Kew. This involved fourteen churches based throughout Boroondara who arranged for volunteers to collect food donations from homes in their areas by means of a bag drop and collection process.

Above:  Receiving the bags on a wet delivery day

The response from the public was amazing and it was great to see food for special diets being included, such as gluten free, as this food usually has a premium price tag.  This year, on our request,  we also received much needed toiletries.

Our Board Vice President, Peter Stansfeld, took on the formidable task of organising the logistics of receiving, sorting and stacking the contents of the bags.   Thank you to Peter for the many hours of effort you have contributed for this cause!

The task of sorting the contents of the bags has been undertaken by many generous helpers, including  twelve Year 9 students from Presbyterian Ladies College and eight Year 9 students from Trinity Grammar School, Camcare volunteers and staff.

Above:  Anne Stansfeld (Camcare volunteer) assisting with sorting

This food enables us to provide emergency relief for our clients who do not have the  resources to buy enough food and the donations are gratefully received.

Above:  Sorted food in the Camberwell office

The Progress Leader also reported on the delivery and we were thrilled to have Peter featured on the front page.

Source: Progress Leader 16 May 16 2017

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