About the program
Food Circle is a food relief program focusing on ensuring local families have access to nutritious and fresh food by the weekly delivery of food bags directly to their homes. As well as meeting the immediate needs of families, Food Circle has created a space for local young people and families to interact and develop relationships with GYS youth and family workers, helping connect those who need it with advice, support and referrals.
During the COVID-19 pandemic this service was a vital way for the community to connect. During the lockdown, Food Circle provided around fresh fruit and vegetables and other staples to an average of 50 families per week. This was essential to not only ensure these families were able to give their young people healthy and nutritious meals, but provided a way to connect them with additional support, including case coordination, support with Housing applications and Housing transfers, references for employment, financial assistance, and specific psychosocial support. The COVID-19 Food Relief program has been a great success, with Food Circle members stating that the program was a “life saver for me and my family”, particularly when families and young people were financially impacted by the pandemic.
Food Circle continues to be a vital part of our services and the community, would not be possible without the support of our generous community volunteers, our volunteer drivers, and university/TAFE placement students as well as the ongoing donations from SecondBite, Food Bank, Gift of Bread, Harris Farm, OzHarvest, and Newington College.
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Supporting Healthy Eating
Glebe Youth Service receives invaluable support from partner organisations including: