BaptistCare HopeStreet received a rapid response grant of $25,000 from the City of Newcastle to help support vulnerable people in the Hunter overcome some of the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The funds have allowed HopeStreet locations at Wallsend and Mayfield to meet the increase in demand during the crisis with emergency relief packages and food support. Watch this film, prepared by City of Newcastle, to learn more.

“The extra funding has enabled more emergency relief carepacks and Woolworths and Coles vouchers, hand sanitiser, cleaning products, petrol, sleeping bags, and pharmacy products. It has also funded takeaway meals distributed from our outreach van,” said Craig Budden, Manager at BaptistCare HopeStreet Wallsend Centre.

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

Over 300 free food hampers were provided to Hunter households in April alone. HopeStreet food delivery was started to support those in isolation and experiencing food insecurity.

BaptistCare HopeStreet has seen the demand for help spike, and has given away an average of 55 takeaway meals and 95 emergency relief packs each day across its 17 NSW locations.