The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the number of homeless in the Hunter region recorded during the most recent census totalled 1747. There are a range of factors contributing to homelessness including domestic violence, shortages of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, alcohol and other drug abuse, and family breakdown.
To help ease the burden of homelessness, CatholicCare Food Programs provide hot, nutritious meals across the region. Working in collaboration with other agencies including Orange Sky Laundry, our team of dedicated volunteers provide food, hospitality and friendship to the marginalised in our community. CatholicCare Food Programs are key outreach services that engage directly with people who may require support and assistance, as well as access to information and other services.
CatholicCare Food Programs support more than 150 people each week across six sites: at Islington, Maitland, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Toronto and Woodberry, and now make 500-600 meals per week for our home delivery service.
The success of CatholicCare Food Programs is contingent on the generous support of local businesses who provide fresh produce, meat and bakery items that our volunteers use to make nutritious meals.