In recognition of Homelessness Week which begins on Sunday, August 1, Woy Woy-based community organisation, Mary Mac’s Place, is putting the call out for more support during the lockdown.
The organisation, which traditionally supplies a sit-down meal to individuals who may be homeless or needing a helping hand, is currently offering takeaway meals due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It also offers a place to shower and to wash clothes, support and companionship from dedicated volunteers.
Mary Mac’s project worker, Sally Liedberg, said she had seen an increase in people asking for support since the lockdown started.
“I have seen an increase in families where the main income earner has been unable to work due to restrictions,” Liedberg said.
“We are still serving between 50 to 70 people a day for our hot lunch and to get the fruit, vegetables and bread.
“If anyone is needing to seek support they can call, and we can direct them to the right support or support them with our service directly.
“We do more than just food, we are a gateway to seek support for any and all issues for individuals and families with a friendly and non-judgmental approach.
“All are welcome here.”
Families and staff from St John the Baptist Early Learning Centre dropped in a large donation package to Mary Mac’s this week.
The organisation said the donations had ‘made such a difference in people’s lives’ and they were ‘so thankful for the ongoing support’.
However, more can be done.
Liedberg also said she had seen a drop in fruit and vegetables donations from local supermarkets.
And with now a rise in food demand due to the lockdown, Mary Macs said they would like to boost their grocery pick-ups to help provide support to the community.
They are also encouraging locals to ‘Shout a Mate a $6 Plate’ to help raise funds to cover the costs of the meals and keep the service running.
Mary Mac’s state that every cent of the $6 will go directly to providing meals and all donations are tax deductible.
For anyone needing support, Mary Mac’s is open from Monday to Friday, 11am till 1pm, or alternatively can be called on 02 4341 0584.
More information about the ‘Share a Plate’ campaign can be found on the CatholicCare’s website.