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$150,000 tucker truck drive aims to feed refugees

March 23, 2014

Refugee advocates have turned to crowd-funding to help feed thousands of asylum seekers battling poverty.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre launched a campaign last week to raise $150,000 to buy, fit out and run a ”food justice truck”.

The social enterprise will sell fruit, vegetables and whole foods, such as grains and legumes and canned items, to the public. Money raised will offset the cost of providing the same products, at big discounts, to asylum seekers.

The centre says it will be able to cut grocery prices up to 75 per cent for 2000 asylum seekers a month.

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”We’ll be able to provide essential food items to asylum seekers for a quarter of the retail price,” the centre’s Patrick Lawrence said. ”We predict the average customer will have between $10 and $20, and we’ll be able to give them $40 to $80 worth of food.”

The truck, which will be staffed by one paid co-ordinator and 50 volunteers, would help some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people. Asylum seekers living in the community while their applications are being processed receive government payments of about $220 a week and are not allowed to work.

Mr Lawrence said maintaining a healthy diet was ”out of reach” for most asylum seekers, who lived below the poverty line. ”There are so many asylum seekers in Melbourne who have an impossible task of stretching their meagre resources,” he said. ”We’ve developed this model around the knowledge that these people have some money but nowhere near enough. And we have a competitive advantage. We’re staffed by volunteers, and we’re mobile.”
Source: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/150000-tucker-truck-drive-aims-to-feed-refugees-20140322-35a9v.html#ixzz2wppMABHv

 

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Alphington’s Oliver wheels in food donations for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

August 28, 2013

Oliver, 12, won a Courage to Care Award for his efforts collecting food for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Oliver, 12, won a Courage to Care Award for his efforts collecting food for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Source: News Limited

OLIVER has become a familiar sight in his community as he pushes a wheelbarrow around Alphington collecting food for asylum seekers.

The 12-year-old said he started doing the regular collections at the beginning of the year.

“I’d seen a lot about asylum seekers on the news and I wanted to do something to help,” Oliver said.

“They are stuck between two countries.

“They’ve been forced out of their own country but aren’t allowed to get jobs and get an income when they come to Australia.”

Oliver said he’d offered to volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in West Melboune, but was told he had to be 18. So he decided to collect for the charity’s food bank instead.

He said he was already friendly with many of his neighbours so was confident to knock on their doors to ask if they would donate non-perishable food.

“When I first started, one or two said they didn’t have time but most of the others thought it was a great idea for me to come around once a week or a fortnight to collect food,” he said. “I’ve got a roster worked out now so people know when I’m coming and I always end up with a wheelbarrow which is full and heavy.”

Oliver said local community centre the Alphington Self Help Exchange was a pick up point for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, so all he had to do was drop the food off for collection.

Last week his efforts to help asylum seekers were recognised with an award from Courage to Care, a Jewish organisation supported by the state Education Department that recognises individual acts of courage, social activism and action against apathy.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s meals manager Loretta Parlevliet also paid tribute to Oliver, describing him as an “absolute champion with a really big heart”. “It’s invaluable what he is doing,” she said. The centre provides 130-160 meals per day and also gives out donated food for asylum seekers to take home and prepare.

Food donations are collected from Alphington Self Help Exchange, 2 Kelvin Road, at noon on Thursdays.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/alphington8217s-oliver-wheels-in-food-donations-for-the-asylum-seeker-resource-centre/story-fnglenug-1226704984728

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