Struggling families in Sydney's former LGAs of concern are receiving food hampers thanks to a partnership between Woolies and OzHarvest.
The supermarket and food charity have teamed up to help more than 5500 families which are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, heightened in their LGAs which were subject to the toughest restrictions in the state.
Woolworths and OzHarvest will provide Kids Hampers - created for children aged 5-12 - which contain four kilograms of donated food including fresh fruit, vegetables, nutritious snack foods and treats, along with educational activities, books and games.
Councils, primary schools and charities in the LGAs - which included Bayside, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Georges River and Liverpool, among others - will receive the hampers for distribution to local families.
Audrey Nable from Lomandra Community Project - one of the recipients of the hampers - said the donations were being delivered to local families with COVID-19 in isolation.
Thanks to our wonderful supporters @OzHarvest & @woolworths for supplying @OldGuildfordPS with hampers. We’ve awarded them to 20 Learning Champions P-6. Just look at those smiles. They deserve some TLC after a very hard lockdown.🙏🙏 #community@partnerships@CarolineThiele1pic.twitter.com/l5qp3gBkvf— Helen Morgani (@HelenMorgani) October 18, 2021
"We're working with Campbelltown and Camden police and Campbelltown City Rangers to make sure families in need who are stuck at home receive these lovely hampers," she said.
"We've seen kids' eyes light up when they see there is something special just for them and the toys and the snacks are a big hit."
Woolworths chief marketing officer Andrew Hicks said it was important to support families still experiencing hardship due to the pandemic, even as Sydney emerges from lockdown.
"We're committed to caring for our local communities and the Kids Hampers program with OzHarvest will provide valuable support for the younger generation, ensuring they get access to essentials as well as games and activities," he said.
"Since we partnered with OzHarvest in 2015, we've helped provide more than 14 million kilos of fresh food.
"This year alone, we've provided more than $1 million to our food relief partners to fund projects like Kids Hampers which we hope will lift spirits and relieve some pressure at home."
OzHarvest founder and chief executive Ronni Kahn said many families in the affected regions were turning to charities for assistance for the first time in their lives.
"The recent lockdown in Sydney has seen demand for our services increase by 600 per cent," she said.
"The partnership [with Woolies] ensures we can provide a regular supply of fresh and nutritious food to 1600 charities and their unwavering support has helped OzHarvest respond to the increased need during the pandemic."