Georges River Council is supporting volunteer-run food rescue organisation, The Crateful Group, to assist in the sorting and packaging of nutritious food to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
  
 Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that the organisation rescues food items that would otherwise be thrown out, diverting a staggering 1.1 tonnes of fresh food from landfill each week.
  
“The Crateful Group does an enormous amount of good in our community, and their work has never been more important than now,” said Mayor Greene.
  
“The volunteers at Crateful pack and distribute up to 140 hampers of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and bakery items each week to those in need, taking a weight off the shoulders of many during these challenging times.  
  
“I am proud that Council is able to support The Crateful Group by providing access to our Senior Citizens Centre in Hurstville for the purpose of packaging up hampers before their distribution.
  
“I sincerely thank all Crateful volunteers for their honourable efforts and commitment to community unity, as we support each other during the COVID-19 crisis,” added Mayor Greene.
  
 Liz Diab, Founder of The Crateful Group explained that volunteers collect fresh and perishable food items from supermarkets and bakeries that have reached their display life, but are still safe for consumption within best before or use-by dates.
  
“We believe that everyone should have access to fresh, nutritious food and whilst many people qualify for Centrelink or government assistance, there are many working families that do not meet welfare criteria, yet require additional support,” said Ms Diab.
  
“People who have lost their jobs or been stood down during the COVID-19 crisis are struggling to make ends meet. The Crateful Group provides fresh food hampers to enable people to eat well during this crisis and alleviate a small part of the financial stress people are experiencing.
  
“We encourage people to join our Facebook Group, where we advertise when hampers are available, and we only ask for a $2 contribution per hamper, to assist us with running costs such as fuel and insurance,” Ms Diab added.

Contact The Crateful Group on email at cratefulgroup@gmail.com or join the group on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecratefulgroup  

  
 For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.