(Community Recognition Statement, 5 August 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I wish to commend the caring support from councils and the community to make sure that no one goes hungry during the pandemic.
The City of Sydney donated $1 million to OzHarvest earlier this year to ensure that vulnerable people in need could get food delivered or available for pick-up when they lost jobs and income and especially those not included in Commonwealth income support payments. This has helped those most at risk of COVID infection to stay safe, while making sure they have nutritious food. OzHarvest and 60 community organisations have delivered over 20,000 meals and 1,500 staples bags across the council area so far. I also commend Woollahra Council, Holdsworth Community Centre and OzHarvest are working to provide food hampers to vulnerable people in social housing in the Paddington area following resident Peter Bartholemew's work to address concerns about his community. Some people still have no income and more people will lose their jobs and income. Pandemic impacts will continue to put people at risk of not being able to get enough to eat, with a joint City of Sydney and OzHarvest food relief appeal at www.feedsydney.com.