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Supporting Our Community: CNLC’s Food Relief Efforts

At Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (CNLC), we are deeply committed to supporting our community, especially those in crisis. Over the past 12 months, CNLC has run several free pop-up markets providing food relief, toothpaste, sanitary pads, and other essential products to hundreds of people in need in the Carlton community.

One of our key initiatives is the Food Relief Market, which has become a lifeline for many. These markets not only provide access to nutritious food but also essential non-food items that are often overlooked. Our goal is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the necessities they need to lead a healthy and dignified life. In the past 12 months, we have provided free food relief to more than 600 people.

In addition to the markets, we host a Free Community Lunch every Thursday at CNLC. This weekly event is more than just a meal; it’s an opportunity for people to connect, share stories, and build a sense of community. Our lunches are specially catered for people with disabilities and those in need, with delicious meals prepared by our amazing cook, Fozia. These gatherings are a special time for social connection, where attendees can enjoy a warm meal, engage in conversation, and even participate in activities like footy tipping! Over the past year, we have provided more than 400 community lunch meals.

We also collaborate with the Church of All Nations to offer a free community lunch once a month on Wednesdays. This partnership allows us to reach even more people and provide consistent support throughout the month. The collaboration highlights the strength of community partnerships in addressing food insecurity and supporting those in need.

We are thrilled to share that as a result of sustained advocacy efforts, $2.5 million in food relief funding for Neighbourhood Houses was announced in the Victorian state budget. Neighbourhood Houses and community centres across the state have been meeting local MPs, engaging local media, and organising in their communities to stress the urgent need to fund the growing cost burden of food.

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria Media Release:

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria has actively supported this local advocacy and highlighted this issue on ABC Radio (metro and regional), the Weekly Times, Channel Nine news, and various other local media.

We understand the $2.5 million will form a pool dedicated to Neighbourhood Houses through an open grants process. We will confirm when we have further detail on timing and access provisions.

We sincerely thank Minister Ros Spence for supporting our submission through the budget process and to the Allan Government for this funding uplift.

While we would all rather our communities didn’t need food relief, the reality is that the rising cost of unfunded food relief is threatening the sustainability of many Neighbourhood Houses.

By contributing to previously unfunded food relief efforts, these additional grants will improve the long-term viability of the sector.

At CNLC, we believe in the power of community and the importance of coming together to support one another. Our food relief initiatives are a testament to this belief, and we are committed to continuing this vital work. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that no one in our community goes without the essentials they need.

Stay tuned for more updates on our food relief efforts and how you can get involved. Whether it’s volunteering your time, donating essential items, or simply spreading the word, your support makes all the difference.

Thank you for being a part of our community and for helping us make Carlton a place where everyone can thrive.