Charity calls for help

DONATIONS PLEASE: Carol and Jenny from Teen Challenge in Murray Bridge. The charity is calling for the public to give donations if possible so it can help the many struggling locals walking through its doors needed food.
DONATIONS PLEASE: Carol and Jenny from Teen Challenge in Murray Bridge. The charity is calling for the public to give donations if possible so it can help the many struggling locals walking through its doors needed food.

With tinned food shelves often bare and food purchase limits being put in place at supermarkets, local charities like Teen Challenge are feeling the strain of flow-on impacts of coronavirus.

Teen Challenge, in Murray Bridge, gives emergency food parcels to locals in need, but manager Jenny says stocks are running low.

"We are getting limited in the food we can give to people," she told The Standard.

The charity puts together parcels including enough food to get people through a few days, and it relies on the public's donations so it can distribute the food to "anyone finding it hard to make ends meet".

It is open four days a week for five hours each day, and in this financial year alone it has had more than 1500 people in need through the doors.

It usually has regular donors who will bring in large quantities of tinned food and other staple items like pasta and long life milk, but that has slowed down.

"We survive by donations," Jenny said.

"Now that there's food limits at the shops, people can't buy as much, therefore we don't have as much to give out."

The charity is now the one asking for help; it needs donations to help the many locals struggling to get by, especially in a time when more people are requiring assistance.

It accepts donations of all food that has not passed a 'use by' date. Some of the staple items it collects are:

  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Tinned baked beans and spaghetti
  • Meals in a can
  • Tinned tuna/sardines/Spam
  • Packets of rice and pasta
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Long life milk
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables

Food and financial donations are accepted at the Teen Challenge Murray Bridge office at 5 Marchand Street.

Jenny thanked those people who are already giving food.

"Without them, we couldn't give anything out," she said.

People who need food can visit the Teen Challenge Murray Bridge office during its office hours of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 3pm.

"Anyone can walk up - we don't take appointments," Jenny said.

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