Putting on a show of spirit at the community pantry

By Matthew Sims

Residents of Yarraville struggling with the ever-increasing cost of living now have a new source of assistance.

With the help of the construction of the Braybrook Men’s Shed, the community center of Yarraville [YCC] pantry is now open to community members.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Expenditure Survey 2015/2016, the cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages was the second largest household expense.

YCC chief executive Christine McCall said the center is responding to growing demands for assistance within the community.

“We have identified a demand in our community for food aid since the cost of living has increased,” she said.

“The Yarraville Community Center aims to foster community well-being through many free initiatives that our community can easily access.

“Our food pantry is one such initiative to help people find essential groceries during these uncertain times.”

The pantry will store non-perishable and perishable items such as cereals, tuna, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Ms McCall said everyone is welcome to use the service.

“There’s never any judgment or questioning, just friendly faces, you’ll feel welcome here,” she said.

The YCC is also looking for volunteers to help the program restock and maintain the pantry.

Donations can be dropped off at the YCC at 59 Francis Street in Yarraville.

Details: 9687 1560, [email protected] or www.ycc.net.au.

Norma P. Rex