Turning Point Camden launches food drive

Davina Smith (co-ordinator) and volunteers Debra and Chris from Turning Point Camden are calling for the community to donate non-perishables for crisis support. Picture: Simon Bennett
Davina Smith (co-ordinator) and volunteers Debra and Chris from Turning Point Camden are calling for the community to donate non-perishables for crisis support. Picture: Simon Bennett

Each week more and more families in Macarthur are struggling to make ends meet.

Luckily, services like Turning Point Camden can help lighten the load.

The organisation has just launched its latest food drive for the crisis food pantry, encouraging locals to lend a hand for some of their most vulnerable community members.

Coordinator Davina Smith said Turning Point was looking for non-perishable food items and pantry staples, like pasta, rice, flour, sugar, biscuits, noodles, spreads and breakfast cereals, among others.

"The crisis food pantry is for men, women and families experiencing financial hardship," Ms Smith said.

"This is normally from long-standing unemployment, homelessness, domestic and family violence or mental illness.

"We provide ongoing support if need be and there are no fees and no referrals needed."

Ms Smith said the changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments had been a catalyst for many local families to seek help for the first time.

She said most of their clients were Camden based, but Turning Point would never turn anyone in need away and would work with them to seek support in their own areas.

Ms Smith encouraged local officers, community groups and sporting groups to think about donating in the coming weeks and months.

"If you're a family, pick a couple of things off the list every week and after a month you'll have a really good collection you can drop off," she said.

"If you're staff at a workplace or sporting group, everyone can bring in a can or a packet when you go to training or a staff meeting and it all adds up very quickly.

"We really need the food to keep coming in, so the more people we get on board, the less the burden will be. Everyone can help out a little bit."

"People need our help all year round and it's the community who keep our pantry stocked.

"We hear from clients who say they can't believe that someone they don't even know is willing to support them and their families through a challenge."

Ms Smith said Turning Point was also looking for donations of gift cards to supermarkets like Woolworths, Coles and ALDI so clients could buy refrigerated products like meat, fresh fruit and fuel.

She said Turning Point was always looking for sponsorship as demand for their services was increasingly with each passing week.

Turning Point Camden is located at 15 Edward Street, Camden.

Learn more: turningpointcamden.org.au, 4655 1567.