Through your 2015 Feed Geelong donations Samaritan House Geelong was able to provide more and better quality food to its clients.
Samaritan House Geelong provides homeless men with a chance to regroup and find accommodation. Evening meals of donated food are provided in a homely environment. The opening of their new facility with an additional 9 beds presented a challenge as it related to storing the appropriate quantity and quality of food needed. Samaritan House received a $2,538.00 grant to purchase a new freezer and refrigerator to store more and better quality food.
As outlined in the Food for Thought Report (2014) storage of food is a significant barrier to sourcing both appropriate quantities and quality of food for many organisations that provide food assistance. Donations of food were available to Samaritan House, they just didn’t have adequate facilities to take the donations.
With the new freezer they have been able to freeze food to preserve its freshness and use it as needed. They have also reduced food wastage dramatically as previous they had insufficient storage. The men in Samaritan House’s care would seldom eat fresh vegetables and fruit in their daily life on the street. The staff and volunteer have noted that the improved access to high quality food via the evening meal and supper snacks has had obvious effects on the guests of Samaritan House, both physically and mentally.