Kariong Neighbourhood Centre is sharing and spreading the love with their food relief program, which will be starting up at Somersby Hall starting on Friday June 4, 2.00-3.00pm.

General Manager Shayne Silvers stated “no one should ever have to make the choice between whether they eat well or pay this month’s rent or mortgage or pay for a child’s medication, however the truth is, that any person or family can find themselves facing times of hardship and emergency through no fault of their own. Golly, we have seen the recent fires, floods and now a Pandemic. Loss of employment, social isolation, increase in domestic and family violence, mental health, anxiety and depression, have all been documented as some of those impacts on individuals and families.”

“We have been running our food relief at our Kariong Neighbourhood Centre now for over a year and the numbers coming for assistance have grown. Visitors to our food relief program have been coming from further afield, the Peninsula and the Hinterland. We have around 10 wonderful, generous volunteers who help us on a Wednesday with our Kariong food relief program and one of the volunteers lives up in Somersby. She asked if we might extend the program up there to help out the Hinterland communities and she didn’t have to ask us twice. I met with the Somersby Progress group and they offered the use of their local hall from where we can run the program. We are excited to be commencing on Friday. As the song goes, “we get by with a help from our friends”.

Ms. Silvers concluded “My Mantra has always been if I can make a difference to one I have succeeded, but if I can make a difference to many I have won the lottery!”