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Volunteer cook Jen is part of the crew providing the LGBTQIA+ community with food and other essentials. Photo supplied

Nutritious meals, essential items and lots of love is being dished out by Queers on Wheels to the local LGBTQIA+ community affected by COVID-19 and isolation.

Queer Family managing director, Aiden Gentle, says that over the past six weeks, the volunteer organisation has delivered 800 free home-cooked meals and 50L of fresh juice. They also supplied paracetamol, hydralite, lozenges, sweet treats, pet food, nappies, sanitary products, puzzles, and books.

Aiden said, ‘We noticed people started asking for help on the socials because they were alone, or their whole social network was sick. So we did what anyone would do to make folks feel better. We brought them soup, made sure their cat was fed, and checked in to see they were okay’.

The program has been a huge hit, says Aiden. ‘One Mullum local texted, “I just can’t thank you enough for all the nourishing love and support you’ve given me”.’

‘It’s not only those receiving meals who have benefited from the grass-roots approach; the broader community have been quick to praise the project. Another emailed, “I don’t need a delivery, but I just wanted to say it makes me so happy to hear this is happening and to know you’re there if I did need it”.’

Queers on Wheels is powered by volunteers, donations, and good will. To donate food, contact [email protected]. Tax-free donations to Queer Family Inc can be made via BSB 722 744, account 100 134 599.

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