Since the NSW lockdown began in June, RRT has donated 2,681 Food Boxes to people in need, which is equivalent to 64,344 meals. The RRT Food Box contains a variety of non-perishable, long-life food and can feed a family of four for up to 48 hours.

RRT Managing Director, Ron Arkcoll, said it was Christian values of care and compassion that were at the core of the Rapid Relief Team’s services and support.

“We are extremely thankful for the NSW Government’s support and the opportunity to provide 4,000 Food Boxes to those requiring assistance,” Ron said.

“Sometimes not needing to find the next meal to put on the table can prove a great boost to those doing it tough and we are only grateful to be able to help in a small way,” Ron said.

Rib said the Food Boxes are packed under COVID-safe conditions in RRT’s Emu Plains warehouse and then distributed via contactless delivery through professional courier services.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said the RRT Food Boxes were an important initiative to help vulnerable persons self-isolating in parts of Western and South-Western Sydney, as well as regional NSW, during an especially challenging time.

“I’m pleased to see the agencies Resilience NSW and Service NSW working so closely with charities and not-for-profits right across the State to help those in need.

“I know everyday volunteers, including from RRT, are working hard to support the most vulnerable in our community – and I’m delighted to be able to announce NSW Government funding toward the RRT Food Box initiative.”

In collaboration with Resilience NSW and Service NSW, the RRT Food Boxes will be prioritised and distributed to families and individuals requiring emergency food assistance in the Local Government Areas currently under ‘stay-at-home’ conditions.

“It is through the collective strength of the community that we will get through this COVID-19 pandemic, and this is another great example of that in practice,” John Barilaro said.

“I know how successful and well-received the Food Boxes were during the first wave of the pandemic as well as following the bushfires, drought and floods – so it’s great we can support this again,” John Barilaro said.

Typical recipients of the RRT Food Boxes are temporary or casual workers, or the elderly, isolating at home.

Those seeking support can request it via Service NSW on 13 77 88.

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