Grant helps warm both hearts and meals at Suncoast Care
Suncoast Care has received $7,000 in funding from water and waste management company SUEZ to provide suitable food storage and rent assistance for The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.
Suncoast Care Directors John and Deborah Kenny and Soup Kitchen Coordinator Carley Dickson have already seen the grant have a positive impact on both volunteers and attendees, many of whom are local residents, some with young children.
“With high living costs and limited facilities, these families were having great difficulties maintaining a reasonable nutrition intake, especially for children,” Mr Kenny said.
“This SUEZ Community Grant has allowed us to purchase a freezer to store pre-cooked meals, two bain-maries to keep food warm and provided assistance with the rent for St Lukes Lutheran Church, Luther Hall.”
The grant has meant that menus can be planned more effectively, which allows the organisation to purchase fresh produce when available.
“We are now able to cook meals in bulk and safely freeze them for use in the future, whilst providing hot meals throughout the evenings at our Soup Kitchen,” said Ms Dickson.
“Our volunteers are extremely grateful for the streamlined process and are now able to spend more time chatting with the people who come along to eat.”
“We provide physical sustenance but also relief from the social isolation so often associated with poverty, homelessness and low income.” Ms Dickson added.
Neil Wilcox, SUEZ Noosa Sewage Treatment Plant Technician presented the cheque on Monday.
“To be able to provide Suncoast Care with support that positively impacts both its volunteers and the local residents who need help the most is something everyone at SUEZ is extremely proud of, “said Mr Wilcox.
The SUEZ Community Grants program is now in its third year and the company has donated more than $400,000 to community organisations across Australia.
For more information on the SUEZ Community Grants program or to register to receive information about the next grant round in 2017 visit www.suezcommunitygrants.com.au/.