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Emergency relief under pressure

Emergency relief under pressure

The region’s emergency programme at Lutheran Community Care Barossa is already under pressure as cold weather and an increase in bills forces
families and individuals across the region to seek help.

Mrs Margaret O’Brien, Lutheran Community Care emergency relief co-ordinator, said over the last two years there has been an increase in people seeking emergency relief, particularly as people find it harder to pay their utility bills on a tightened budget.

She is asking individuals and groups across the region, to donate items that will help to replenish the emergency
relief stocks.

“We have had some blankets come through and people have knitted beanies and scarves and they’ve gone out,” said Margaret.

“People are turning to layers. Families, particularly those with kids, are putting an extra blanket on the bed, rather than turning the heaters on.”

Margaret said tin soups and tuna, in addition to milk and cereals are needed as well as pasta sauces, biscuits, rice, tea, coffee and Milo.

Monetary donations also allow Lutheran Community Care to purchase pantry staples or new items such as pillows.

Nuriootpa Foodland, as part of their Co-op Care initiative, have a collection point for donations in the Barossa Mall.

Foodland operations manager, Mrs Denice McPhee said the initiative builds on The Co-op’s Co-op Care philosophy of giving back to the community.

“This is fantastic for the community to be able to help those that need it and it’s a simple way to do it… when you do your
shopping you buy a couple of extra things,” said Denice.

Margaret expects demand for emergency relief to increase as they spread their service throughout the Barossa and as far as Blanchetown and Swan Reach.

She encourages those who are experiencing difficulties to visit the team in Nuriootpa.

“Come in and seek support,” said Margaret.

“We can refer to other services and it is done in a compassionate and non judgmental way.”

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