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Appeal: Fiona Bright thankful for food donations for needy.

Appeal: Fiona Bright thankful for food donations for needy.

LOOKING out for those less fortunate in the Kingston community is not just for Christmas.

Kind hearted Chelsea and Kingston residents have shown they truly care by donating enough food to the Your Pantry program, managed by Chelsea’s Community Church of Christ, to also help people in need after the festive season.

The call for more food donations is going out again in the hope residents will again dig deep to help others.

Church community support officer Fiona Bright says the Your Pantry program was planned to last just five weeks.

“Since Christmas, we have helped around 34 people from word of mouth,” she said.

“For a small community, it has been a shock at the level of help that is required from a diverse range living within the community, from those struggling with unemployment to homelessness.”

Ms Bright thanked the community for its generosity and charitable food contributions.

“Without that support, Your Pantry would not be able to continue.”

The Community Church of Christ works with other churches, the Crisis Centre and Longbeach PLACE neighbourhood house to help as many people as possible. The Church is open 7 days a week; a brochure is obtainable from the Church office, the Crisis Centre, Longbeach PLACE, Kingston Council and the Community Support Frankston in Beach St, Frankston.

If you wish to donate, a list of food needed can be obtained Monday and Wednesday in the morning and drop-offs can be made at any time between 9am-12pm throughout the week. 

Call the Church on 03 9773 0301 for further information.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 31 August 2016

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