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.
It has been eight long months since emergency services rescued 316 people with a fire truck, the Bendigo Airwing saved hundreds stranded, community heroes used their tractors and boats to take neighbours to safety and 11 people were in a farmhouse for two weeks without pillows or blankets.
Seeing the devastation unfold, Lachie Cozens, a Campaspe Shire Council Community Development Officer, tossed a bag into his dad’s ute and went to help.
He was one of the first to arrive and immediately began handing out food, blankets, and cleaning supplies at the makeshift Community Hub which saw up to 400 or so people and volunteers daily.
Lachie has been working directly with the Rochester community since the floods, and is now the Council’s Flood Recovery Team Leader, helping impacted people across the shire.