Kariong Neighbourhood Centre’s food relief program, Second Bite, is providing much needed essentials for families on the Central Coast.
The program, headed by John and Bev Zappia, operates every Wednesday from 2-3pm at the Kariong Neighbourhood Centre, responding to growing need in the community for vital day-to-day supplies.
“On Mondays and Tuesdays, we go to West Gosford Coles and Wyoming Aldi to pick up free perishable goods and we also collect cans from the food bank for a small cost,” John Zappia said.
“We then sort through everything and on Wednesdays, it goes on display ready for people in need to come in and collect for a $5 donation.
“The work we put in is so worth it when we see the families benefiting from the program and the joy and relief it brings them.”
For a gold coin donation, each person receives one shopping bag and a box, or two shopping bags.
The gold coin donation goes towards purchasing non-perishable goods from the food bank.
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, says the impact of this program is felt far beyond Kariong.
“This is a great initiative and something that is very much needed throughout the Central Coast, especially during the difficult times that we are going through as a community right now,” she said.
“The Zappias do so much for our community and work tirelessly to support vulnerable people in need, purely out of the goodness of their heart.
“I will be working closely with the team to expand the initiative to the Peninsula so no family across the Coast goes without day-to-day essentials.”
Media release, Oct 29
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch