The Byron Community Centre is urgently seeking financial support from the community so that it can continue to deliver food to locals in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Centre says that such is the demand being placed on its Byron Community Pantry program, it fears the service will run out of food in the not-too-distant future.
‘We are concerned that we will run out of goods, and won’t be able to help the most vulnerable community members when they need our support most,’ the Centre’s general manager, Louise O’Connell said.
‘We are grateful for the financial generosity we’ve experienced up until now for the Community Pantry, but these donations will only stretch so far to help meet the exponential demand we are experiencing.’
Demand for the service has drastically increased in the past few weeks, owing to the health crisis and associated government regulations, which have forced many locals out of a job and deprived them of the income needed to support themselves and their families.
‘Frontline workers at the Byron Community Centre expect the number of people in need of help to explode – they have already seen people who have never [before] accessed their services asking for help,’ Ms O’Connell said.
To donate, visit www.byroncentre.com.au/donations/bcc.