How FareShare meals help de-escalate conflict in times of crisis FareShare meals offer more than a feed to the clients at Vincentcare Glenroy – they can also serve as a calming influence for highly-agitated people.
Collingwood local Jim visits The Wellington for food assistance including FareShare’s ready to eat meals, which will sustain him for the week. He has only basic cooking facilities at home but enough to be able to heat up his FareShare meals, which he loves.
Jim came to Australia from Greece in 1966 and worked for Telstra for many years. He is now looking for work and feeling the effects of the high cost of living. “If it wasn’t for The Wellington, I don’t know what I’d do,” says Jim.
Adam lives close to The Wellington and was enquiring about their services for himself, but mostly for a few squatters he lives next to who are facing tough times. “I haven’t been able to afford gas for two years now,” Adam told FareShare matter-of-factly.
“Your meals are great because I can heat them in a microwave, which is all I have.” He left with a few of them, and seemed genuinely happy to have been given so many.
Dave is an elderly local who frequents The Wellington.
“I don’t talk to people for 3-4 days sometimes,” he admitted when FareShare spoke to him. “I like to come down here for a chat and some human contact.”
He hadn’t tried FareShare meals before but, after chatting with us, decided he would give them a try.