This month saw Need-a-Feed pack and distribute 400 emergency packs for Illawarra families doing it tough.
That’s a record for the local charity, which has worked hard to built the support and loyalty of locals, and local businesses, willing to do their bit to improve our community.
Now, you can help too.
If you set up a collection point at your school or workplace, Shaz says she’ll happily come and collect the donations when they starts to pile up.
The charity is run by the Northern Illawarra’s Shaz Harrison-Shaw who works tirelessly to help those in need.
Shaz says collecting food for distribution is a massive undertaking…
“Two months out from a distribution day we put the call out to the community and to local businesses,” says says. “We ask that you buy an extra can of food when you shop, or set up a collection point at your workplace to encourage others to donate.”
Shaz says anyone can register a collection point either using the app, or just by contacting s
“As the food piles up and the distribution days draw closer, our dedicated volunteers collect and sort the donations. Once we have established what we have and what we need, Need a Feed will buy food to fill the gaps to ensure each parcel has breakfast, lunch and dinner-type items.
“We hold two packing days. Firstly non-perishables and personal care items, and then the fresh fruit and veg.
“There are a variety of organisations that help us pack the parcels. Staff from a pharmaceutical company, and even Cubs have pitched in. The Cubs are actually adding a lovely personal touch this time by adding hand-made cards. This will really be appreciated as a lot of the recipients don’t have much family support.”
Shaz says the latest development is a deal with Coles in Berkeley, where Need A Feed can collect all their excess canned food each week. “This will make an enormous difference to our food programs,” she says. “It’s contributions like these that keep us running.”
“Every Sunday we stop by the Foragers Market in Bulli to collect any unsold food. This is then redistributed through Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre to local families doing it tough.”
“I believe starting Need A Feed, helping others and being a channel for good is what I have been put on earth to do,” says Shaz. “All of my previous hardships and experiences have led me to this point in my life where I can appreciate all situations in a non-judgemental way.
“Never judge a book by its cover,” she says. “You just never know a person’s story and how they came to be in their current situation, and it’s a privilege to be able to help.”
Thanks to Shaz Harrison-Shaw. firstname.lastname@example.org