The project was fortunately approved as WA continues to keep the spread of the virus donations are growing and Mr Gangemi was quick to ensure that everyone in the kitchen would “most certainly” continue to help those who need it.
MANDURAH could face a double dose of the homelessness crisis in the next six months, as the payment of job seekers dried up.
The Peel Community Kitchen based at Sutton Hall is bracing for a surge of hungry homeless people despite their current number halving.
During COVID we saw a decrease in people coming in, said Peel Community Kitchen Secretary Angelo Gangemi.
As phase 4 (when they started almost normal operations) was introduced, we also saw a reduction of about half, and that is because of the extra money given to everyone.
But we expect a rise in numbers.
Our concern is that as money is phased out the numbers will not only increase but exponentially increase because more and more people will be put in the deep end.
While government relief payments have been a godsend for many Australians, they can’t last forever and Mr Gangemi said solutions would be difficult to find as the situation is constantly changing.
He said that the government has done great things because they are helping people.
I wish I had the solution but no one has a solution to this because no one knows how it will all work out.
The kitchen was able to remain open during the lock down and recovery of WA, getting a first-hand view of COVID’s effects on the most vulnerable members of our community.
„We were glad we were able to continue to help the community,” said Ms Gangemi.
The donations dropped dramatically – which is no surprise at all – and people could not come in.
The menu had to be reduced to sandwiches and toasted sandwiches, and people were allowed only to pick them up before leaving, missed the social aspect of eating a meal with other people, generally supported by the kitchen.
When the inclement weather began to arrive, we made provisions so that they could come in the hall and collect the food, but that they could not hang around, which was terrible,” said Mr Gangemi.
The most difficult thing was not knowing what was happening and a real worry about having to stop.
There were also concerns for volunteers with many older and without funds had to turn to Lotterywest for a grant. This was fortunately approved
As WA continues to maintain the spread of the virus donations are increasing, and Mr Gangemi was quick to ensure that everybody the kitchen would ‘most certainly’ continue to help those who need it.