BaptistCare HopeStreet's Hunter locations receive funding boost to support people in need during COVID-19.

Eight charitable organisations supporting vulnerable people in Newcastle have shared in $150,000 of Rapid Response Grants from City of Newcastle to overcome challenges posed by COVID-19, including BaptistCare HopeStreet.

The funds will allow HopeStreet locations at Wallsend and Mayfield to deliver food support and emergency relief to meet the huge increase in demand they are seeing, in addition to the response already underway across HopeStreet's locations.

“The extra funding will mean we are able to provide more emergency relief care-packs, Woolworths and Coles vouchers, hand sanitiser, cleaning products and other emergency relief items like petrol, sleeping bags and pharmacy products, as well as more takeaway food through our outreach van,” said Craig Budden, Manager at BaptistCare HopeStreet Wallsend Centre.

“The grant will also help fund the HopeStreet food delivery service that we have started to ensure those who are experiencing food insecurity but are self-isolating or quarantining can still receive food support.”

BaptistCare HopeStreet has seen the demand for help spike, with more callers asking for assistance, as well as its response to the community. The organisation saw an average of 55 takeaway meals provided and 95 emergency relief packs given out each day, across its 17 NSW locations.

In April alone, HopeStreet gave out almost 1000 food hampers to people and families in need right across the State.

All HopeStreet locations across NSW are currently operating with social distancing and public health measures in place. If you need help, please reach out to us today.