Flooded, far-flung but not forgotten

Imagine being stuck in your home surrounded by stinking, stagnant floodwater for weeks on end. That is the reality of a tiny community in Barmah, Victoria, where half a dozen houses have been marooned on a sandhill next to the Barmah Forest. 

John Phillips, whose farm and 1,500 pomegranate trees have been submerged, said the arrival of FareShare meals has been a boost for him and his stranded neighbours.

“It’s quite an event in a flood when a canoe, boat or fire truck comes up the road with some supplies. Fantastic! A real morale booster,” said John. 

You’ve been very good looking after us. May God bless you all with great abundance, happiness and good health.

“I don’t know how to show our appreciation to you and all those wonderful volunteers who have been working so hard to keep us and thousands of others who are much worse off than us supplied. Thank you very much, you are doing magnificent work.”

Initially, John and his resilient neighbours received regular visits from Parks Victoria, Fisheries Victoria and emergency services. Now they are being supported by other community members who have helped with the distribution of FareShare meals from MHA Care in Cobram.

While not desperate, John says the “hand-outs” have been very welcome at a difficult time for the whole community. “You’ve been very good looking after us. May God bless you all with great abundance, happiness and good health.” 

When water is lapping at the door, a ready-made FareShare meal makes a world of difference

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