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Anglicare’s plea to restock pantry for city’s many people in need

RESTOCKING: The pantry is not yet bare but Anglicare administration support worker Christie McGuirk is calling on people to send in donated food, particularly long-life staples, so they can continue to provide emergency food to people in need.Photo: TANYA MARSCHKE 0301tmanglicare1FOLLOWING a busy few months Anglicare is calling for donations of long-life, easy-to-prepare food to give to people in need.
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Anglicare administration support worker Christie McGuirk said the not-for-profit organisation was running out of food to give to people as emergency meals and needed to restock its pantry.

She said there had been a high demand during the Christmas period.

“We want anything non-perishable, anything ranging from toiletries, deodorants, baby food, anything that’s not perishable,” Ms McGuirk said.

“We cater for a diverse range of people.”

Ms McGuirk said the food was usually for emergency meals for up to two nights, and people were referred by Family and Community Services, Centrelink, the Salvation Armyand more recently St Vincent de Paul.

Items that are in particular demand include pasta and rice that can go with canned food already stocked in the Anglicare pantry. Items such as toilet paper are also useful.

The pantry initiative has been running for about 13 or 14 months to help low-income people.

“It would be really nice if some of the bigger organisations could help or leave a donation so we can go shopping as well,” Ms McGuirk said.

Food and supplies can be dropped off at the Central Western Daily at 132 Kite Street, Orange or at Anglicare at 1 Hampden Avenue between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

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