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FareShare partnership puts meals on table for women and children
October 9, 2018
A hot meal awaits all families fleeing family violence at Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network, thanks to a partnership with FareShare.
Most families flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs and perhaps a tiny backpack. They are confused and frightened so the chance to sit down to a warm, nourishing meal is important to help them settle in to new surroundings.
According to Executive Officer Paula Westhead, the warm meals are much more than a piece of toast: “They are fabulous meals which can be frozen and warmed up quickly. Our freezer in the communal kitchen is filled with FareShare meals which women and children are encouraged to enjoy at any time,” she said.
Emerge has been keeping families safe for more than 40 years and is the only specialised family violence service in Melbourne’s southern metropolitan area. It provides crisis accommodation, as well as outreach support to women and children still living at home.
Emerge supports families into transitional housing while they await a permanent home. Without this support, most vulnerable families would have nowhere to go and would find themselves homeless. At the moment, Emerge’s refuge is being rebuilt to provide all families with their own space to aid recovery. Once finished, the new 24/7 facility will comprise 10 self-contained units, each with its own kitchen.
Photo credit: Adrian Lander