Fighting Hunger today with bigger facilities
What we need?
We have quickly out grown our current food storage facilities.
Please help get behind our registered charity in this campaign
When we first started with food relief, we were storing food at volunteers houses.
We were then given the opportunity to store food in 3 small cupboards in a room at the local recreation centre.
We now unpack the food and set it up in the recreation centre. People will then come in and choose the food that they need.
They can also stay for morning tea which also gives them a chance to socialize.
We then have to pack away the food, as the recreation centre is used by others within the community.
If we had our own building, our volunteers would no longer have to set up all of the food and then pack it all away again.
This would save so many volunteer hours, as ATM this process can take over 6 hours in total to accomplish. Not a mean feet for some of our
volunteers who have retired. Our volunteers do not mind doing this, however we want to be able to make things easier for everyone.
We are now asking for everyone's help, for us to be able to obtain a bigger building, which will enable us to be able to store more food and
be able to help more people in need.
This new building will not only support our needs now for food relief, but also into the future when we start helping more people in need.
If we were to get a bigger storage facility, we would then be able to store more food, including frozen bread throughout the month to make up
emergency food hampers as well as purchase more food when it is on special.
Meaning we can have more of a variety and our volunteers wouldn't have to travel so much as we will have the storage space.
We are also planning on having a large scale aquaponics established.
Our positive and engaging environment will allow for the effective delivery of freshly grown produce that ensures people in need are able to obtain
healthy food grown throughout the year. Food can be grown so much quicker in an aquaponics system, compared to growing in soils.
We are a registered charity located in Leeman, Western
Australia. Charitable Collections License# 22194
Our charity is run entirely of 100% volunteer power, so you know that the money that you donate, does NOT go to pay staff wages.
The strength of the Snag Island Community Garden is the positive community culture that is built upon friendliness, perseverance, respect,
responsibility as well as co-operation from the local shire.
We started operating in 2017. Since August 2018, we have supplied over 750 kilos of food to people in need. We have received no government
funding to supply people with food. We have been able to achieve this mammoth task, as our volunteers have been fundraising like mad!!!
We currently have over 50 families and over 15 single people that have registered for food help.
We know that this number will grow, especially getting closer to Christmas.
Some of the people that obtain help, travel over 100 kilometers from home and back again. We have people attending from the shires of Carnamah,
the shire of Dandaragan, and the shire of Coorow as well as other shires.
Our volunteers sometimes travel over 150 kilometers one way to purchase the food and sometimes over 270 kilometers one way. We source our
food from a number of locations.
We are located in a remote area of Western Australia.
As the only registered charity in Leeman and surrounding areas that helps with food relief, our reach is multi-focused. According to the 2016 Census,
residents of Leeman, Green Head and Eneabba are living below the WA poverty line.
The latest Hunger report which was released on the 14th of October 2018,shows that vulnerable families in regional and remote areas find it harder to access food and when they run out and are unable to afford to buy more, they are more likely to feel embarrassed and unable to talk to friends and family about their situation.
The committee of the Snag Island Community Garden (SICG), believe that access to nutritious food is a basic human right no matter where you live in Australia.
We are committed to responding to the needs of our community as well as the broader communities, not only through food distribution and support, but also by bringing the whole community together as one and be able to share knowledge, grow plants and learn new skills to improve the function
of our local environment.
Work for the Dole
We are hoping in the long run that we will also be able to support more people who are currently unemployed with valued work experience. Since
March 2018, we have supported 4 people gain valuable skills, who have to meet their Work for the Dole obligations.
Our organisation has been a wonderful opportunity for these people, and hopefully they are able to gain employment from the work experience that they receive.
Please help us to get a much needed bigger building so that we can continue to help all the people in need.
Please share this on your social media accounts. We need to reach Far and Wide as we are only the little guys!
The picture below is just a snippet of what one of the food hampers that we have supplied consisted of.
We have been able to drop our fundraising goal as we have been awarded a generous grant. This grant money is going to mean so much to so many of the people that we already help as well as all of the new people that are now registering for help.
So please continue to share our campaign so we can reach our target.
To see a copy of our charity license please go to this link.
ABN 93 640 089 151
PO Box 100 Leeman WA 6514 Incorporation number A1022004U
www.snagislandcommunitygarden.org Charity Collections Licence # 22194
Don't forget we run on 100% volunteer power, which means that 100% of funds raised are spent on our cause and not on paying staff wages.
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