The Warrawong Residents Forum has been running the free community lunch program since 2003, providing meals for vulnerable people every week from donated food from organisations like OzHarvest.
Volunteers help run the community lunch program and its estimated 1000 kilograms of otherwise wasted food is provided to struggling families and vulnerable people in the area.
The Local Small Commitments Allocation Program, is delivering important funding to support local small projects and programs that strengthen communities and provide improvements at a local level, making NSW an even better place to live.
For further information on the Local Small Commitments Allocation Program visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/lsca-home
Member for Wollongong, Paul Scully, said:
“The Warrawong Community Centre free community lunch program has provided thousands of meals over years to people doing it tough and I am pleased to be able to secure support for it to continue.
“Warrawong is one of the most vulnerable communities in New South Wales.
“Increasing cost of living pressures and rising rents have put real pressure on family budgets. There are many families doing it tough right now, struggling to make ends meet.
“Low-income households, many with children, make the difficult choice every day on what bills they can afford to pay and what meals to skip to make ends meet.
“This $70,000 funding boost will allow the Warrawong Residents Forum to continue
delivering good, healthy meals to pensioners, children, and other people doing it tough in the Warrawong community.”