An appeal to collect food for Canberra’s homeless has started to gear up for the demand during the coming holiday period.

Spokesman for HelpingACT, Mohammed Ali, said it is reaching out to Canberra’s Muslim community and beyond for help in collecting non-perishable food for packing and distribution to the homeless.

Mohammed Ali (photo: Canberra Times)

“It doesn’t take much effort but its impact is enormous,” said Mr Ali, who was named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in the 2015 ACT Multicultural Awards and who is engaged in several public service projects, including serving as a current Board Member of Companion House, which assists survivors of torture and trauma.

A typical food pack will contain

  • Cup of noodles 70g
  • Small tin of tuna 95g
  • Pack of Sultanas 40g
  • Can of baked beans 300g
  • tea bags, coffee and sugar satches
  • Small pack of cereal 30g
  • Small UHT milk 250ml
  • Fruit drink 250ml
  • Single serve fruit cup 125g
  • Muesli bar 31g
  • Sugar free chewing gum
  • Cup of soup 40g

Mr Ali stressed that the these items are indicative and approximate only and appealed to donors to collect/buy any quantities of items similar to this for drop-off or collection. HelpingACT volunteers will arrange for packing and distribution.

The deadline for the drop-off is 8pm Friday 14 December 2018.

The drop-off points in Canberra are:
14 Daniels Street, Franklin
66 Burkitt St, Page
24 Lindsay Pryor Street, Wright
29 Balsillie Crescent, Monash

Mr Ali also added that if donors are unable to drop-off the goods, they can contact HelpingACT by 10 December
via info@helpingACT or his mobile 0404 947 260 and they will arrange to pick it up anywhere in Canberra.

For those, especially interstate, who want donate cash instead:
Bank: Service One Credit Union
BSB: 801009
Ac: 001130258
Email receipt to: info@helpingACT.org

For any enquiries, please contact
Mohammed Ali 0404 947 260

If you would like to help with the packing and distribution, please email us at info@helpingACT.org

More information can be found on their website:  www.helpingACT.org