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.
Jenna Harvey works at Rochester Community House. She lives in a backyard granny flat with her husband and two young children.
The October floods forced them from their newly renovated home into temporary accommodation. “It’s cramped, but we’re grateful… it’s not a caravan. We have showers and toilets… so we consider ourselves lucky,” Jenna says.
Despite their determination, a shortage of builders has delayed reconstruction.
“Even if we were just repairing the flood damage, we wouldn’t be able to move in before Christmas. So, a significant portion of our community will still be living in caravans over Christmas.”
Recovery takes a heavy toll.
That’s why Rochester Community House has made free and accessible food a priority. Twice a week, dedicated volunteers distribute tinned food, fresh vegetables and FareShare meals.
Community House staff member Jodi Dobson is one of the staff at the Community House. “Many people are living in sheds with only a camp kitchen to cook on,” she says. “FareShare meals are a true blessing as they can easily heat them on camp cookers or in the microwave.”