Generous donor digs deep to help Melbourne’s homeless during pandemic

Vulnerable Victorians are the winners after a much-needed donation from Newcrest Mining will help to fund Anglicare Victoria’s breakfast program at St Peter’s Eastern Hill during challenging Coronavirus conditions and after the pandemic has passed.

The generous $25,000 donation will allow the program to continue providing nutritious food to those doing it tough in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. The facility doubles as a touch point so that those who need extra assistance can be referred to relevant services for short and long term help.

Chris de Paiva, Team Leader of Homeless Support at Anglicare Victoria, said when Coronavirus hit, he was concerned about how the organisation could continue running its breakfast program at St Peters Eastern Hill.

“In the past we had relied on donations from schools and community groups to allow us to keep providing assistance to people who are vulnerable or homeless,” he said.

“We are so thankful for the donation from Newcrest. It has meant we can continue to have nutritious breakfast packs available every day of the year. We now have more opportunities to offer immediate help to people doing it tough, and direct them to other services to support them long term.

“Now, more than ever, people in our communities need support. And Newcrest’s generosity has allowed us to continue supporting them.”

Homeless breakfast at St Peters Eastern Hill is located at 15 Gisborne Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

The program provides breakfast daily from 7.30am – 10.30am

Emergency relief locations elsewhere in Victoria can be found here

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