Outreach service supports Barossa families

Sereena Huebler, Foodbank; Shirley Staehr, Nuriootpa and Shenay Wilson-Casey, Thread Together in Nuriootpa last week.

Interest continues to grow for Foodbank services in the Barossa with their visit last week totalling the highest number of people yet to have tapped into the initiative.

Nuriootpa’s Shirley Staehr was one of the many referred clients at Foodbank and welcomed the initiative and the fresh alternative to the purchase.

“It all helps the cause,” said Shirley, who looks after the grandchildren.

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According to Sereena Huebler, Foodbank’s customer support and development officer, at least 16 people visited Foodbank in Nuriootpa last Monday which was double the amount of people from the previous month.

It is the third time Foodbank has visited the Barossa and forms part of the organisation’s outreach to regional communities.

A truck laden with non prerishable foods and personal grocery items together with a swag of fresh produce is sold to individuals and families who have been referred to the service.

Sereena said money from the goods sold on the truck helps to place more items into the service.

As they continue to forge strong links in the community, Sereena adds,“We need more agencies to be involved so the community can access the service.

“We are seeing the numbers increase and more community members are asking what we are doing.”

Also on site last week was Thread Together, which is a joint partnership in South Australia with Anglicare SA.

The not for profit organisation offers new, high quality clothing to people in the community on a referral basis.

Shenay Wilson-Casey said it is stock that would otherwise go to landfill.

“We received a warm welcome from locals, with many saying that they had not worn brand new clothes for years,” said Shenay.

“It’s so important that people living in regional areas also receive this sort of support, which is possible thanks to the mobile wardrobe vans.”

She hopes they can expand the reach and looks forward to returning in time for Christmas.