200 meals a day delivered directly to the doorsteps of those most affected by COVID-19
Fremantle’s most vulnerable are being fed tonight thanks to an innovative solution that not only serves an urgent social need but creates a positive local economic stimulus of its own.
Doorstep Dinners, a pilot program run by Fremantle’s St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, takes food prepared from local restaurants directly to the doorsteps of those affected by COVID-19 social isolation and distancing measures.
St Pats received funding from Dr Andrew Forrest AO and his wife Nicola Forrest AO who donated a total of five million dollars to a range of chosen charities through The Minderoo Foundation. The McCusker Charitable Foundation has provided seed funding for the project.
Keeping the hospitality sector alive
With over 200 meals a day being prepared it has brought life back to the local hospitality and retail sectors which have been decimated by the pandemic. A range of restaurants are making the meals at cost allowing them to keep a chef and kitchen hands employed.
Michael Piu, CEO of St Pats said the project was a true win-win.
“I was touched by meeting the owner of La Sosta who assured me that this has not only given his business a lifeline, but they have re-employed two staff who would have been on the dole queue, and they are expecting more next week. They are now buying again from local suppliers who desperately needed the business. This is having a real impact.
“We have had very touching feedback from recipients who are overwhelmed by this much needed help, who love the meals, and feel so cared for by the community as a result.”
Collaboration stretches far and wide
To make everything happen a range of new partnerships were developed.
“This project highlights the desire of the funders, organisations, hospitality sector and volunteers to unite, share and support,” said Kath Snell the CEO of United Way WA.
“Egos and logos are parked while we work towards one common goal. This is key right now. We look forward to seeing this project and others grow to respond to need in coming months.”
Project support is also provided by Rise, the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, CEOs for Gender Equity and over 50 volunteers.
Further funding is needed
Despite the trial being in its early stages, Michael Piu is already looking to secure further funding to increase the amount of meals served.
“We need to raise $160,000 to provide an additional 10,000 meals to people who are vulnerable. This will enable us to provide one meal each day to another 110 people for three months.
You can donate here.
- Strange Company
- La Sosta
- The National Hotel