Ms Judy McDiamid, who is Co-ordinator for Mount Barker Christian Care and Share, was quoted in an article published by The Weekender Herald Dec 14 as saying that most clientele this year have been single Mums and Dads who have lost their job or just can’t pay their bills.
Contrary to popular opinion few are drug addicts, or homeless. She pointed out how difficult it was for those on allowances from Centrelink to manage after paying rent. Frequently they just did not have enough income to pay their bills and feed themselves and their children.
Increasingly low-income families are turning to charitable organisations for food assistance. The demand has become almost impossible for welfare centres to meet with the rising cost of food, and the decline in donations of food baskets and hampers from the public.One Mount Barker man asking for help had relied on road kill to feed himself and his dog. Some are selling possessions to pay for food.
Many have presented requesting help to pay their sky-rocketing power bill. Others have multiple debts they are unable to meet. Church members, although amazingly generous, are unable to help as much as they would like.
Perhaps this Christmas we could share some of our food abundance with others.