Let's Feed fills food-related gaps in existing services using micro donations. Working with disadvantaged and homeless youth.
Who are At-Risk Individuals and Families
Who are At-Risk Individuals and Families?
We work with a three main groups of people who for reasons beyond their own control miss important meals. We partner with the organisations that address their specific concerns.
By providing meals to these groups, we help other organisations deliver social services tailored to these needs.
Let's Feed primarily works with victims of family violence, homeless youth, and asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers are vulnerable for a variety of reasons.
Many experience social isolation – as they may not have much contact with people of similar cultural or linguistic background – or social exclusion due to language barriers or less-developed skill sets.
Isolation may be exacerbated by the legal requirement that they cannot work while their claims are being processed. Some asylum seekers may also have psychological trauma from experiences overseas.
Homeless youth are also vulnerable. Family violence, sexual abuse and mental health can see young people flee their homes, often with little idea of where to turn other than away from the immediate threat.
Let's Feed works to fill a gap in the services available to these groups of people.
There are many dedicated, hardworking government and non-profit organisations that focus on these people's legal, social and health needs.
However, there are few avenues for these people to get proper meals – an essential foundation for being able to seek help and work with these organisations.
Let's Feed collects non-perishable food from local groups: temples, participating grocery stores and delivers to Youth Resource Centre, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and other agencies.
The services being delivered to family violence victims, homeless youth, and asylum seekers are incredibly important.
Let's Feed supports the work of specific-focus organisations by delivering meals to those in need. Complex social issues require well-laid groundwork.
In addition, there is community-wide benefit:
- By addressing hunger, we start to address the social domains of relative disadvantage.
- Easier delivery of social services means better results, increasing social and job opportunities for those affected
- Greater social inclusion, reducing barriers and social stigma among peers and community members
- Community engagement with volunteers and donors
- Multicultural engagement; many donors come from particular cultural groups who are eager to help and engage with the wider community
Efficient and completely volunteer-run
The Let's Feed program is volunteer-run. Everyone involved believes providing a positive social outcome is its own reward.
There are no administrative or operating costs. All goods donated go straight from community groups to those being fed.