Program nourishes families

Francesca MannMidwest Times
HOPE food programme volunteers Tochi Eze and Pastor John Tomkins with Pastors Brendan and Gail Law-Davis.
Camera IconHOPE food programme volunteers Tochi Eze and Pastor John Tomkins with Pastors Brendan and Gail Law-Davis. Credit: Francesca Mann Midwest Times

A community-run food parcel program in Carnarvon has helped about 300 families since its inception in May.

Helping Other People Eat is an initiative of the Carnarvon Non-Government Organisation Network and operates from the Carnarvon Church of Christ every Tuesday and Thursday.

Families can receive a box of food donated by local businesses, as well as finding out what sort of services are available to them.

CNGON chairwoman Vivienne Tonga said the group of 22 committee members received no funding for the program and gave up their own time to help those in need.

“This is an opportunity where the community can help the community, and that’s exactly what’s happening,” she said.

“People came for food parcels but now they come to socialise.

“It’s a really positive atmosphere and a relaxed and non-judgmental environment.

“It’s amazing, people can come and have a talk and we’ve been able to help families that need to be referred to services. From here now we’ll be looking at how as a whole community we can provide support for the program.”

At the start of the year, CNGON identified a lack of services offering free food to families in the community. Members of CNGON, pastors Brenden and Gail Law-Davis offered to run the program from the Carnarvon Church of Christ.

“There’s a lot of people out there in need,” Mr Law-Davis said. It’s what our faith is all about, showing compassion and love to others.

“There’s a great need for it in Carnarvon and we’ve seen people from all walks of life in need of food and to have a chat.”

While the program will not operate over the Christmas break, it will reopen on January 10.

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