Photo: Tyra Bankstown with NCIE staff before an extra special meal delivery.
Since July, the NCIE Catering team has prepared nearly 2000 fresh meals and home essentials packs to community members affected by COVID-19.
The food security grant provided by the City of Sydney enabled NCIE to partner with local community organisations Redfern Youth Connect, Kinchela Boys Home, BlaQ, and Wyanga to provide food to those who need it most.
“This grant allows us to make a tangible difference in the lives of our community. Good food and friendly faces is a comforting thing to have in these isolating times,” said NCIE CEO Clare McHugh.
Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore said the City had been a long supporter of the NCIE and was proud to support the food initiative.
“No one should be worried about having enough to eat, but the COVID-19 crisis has made accessing affordable, nutritious food even harder than usual for many people,” the Lord Mayor said. “This fantastic program by the NCIE will ensure local Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members have access to essential grocery items and meals. We’re delighted to support NCIE with a grant to help prevent people from going hungry.”
“It’s great for our LGBTQ+ mob to have access to essentials packs to get them through this tough time. This program allows us to connect with some of our most vulnerable community members, which has been the most rewarding part” said William Trewlynn, CEO of BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation.
To celebrate the program and bring it to a close, the deadly Tyra Bankstown, and the TATU team came together to deliver meals to LGBTQ+ community members.
Check out Tyra Bankstown in action below!