Much-needed relief for locals

The Federal Government has announced additional Emergency and Food Relief funding in response to growing cost of living pressures.

In 2022-23, $1.1 million was provided to ten Emergency Relief Providers across Tasmania. In June this year an additional $600,000 was distributed to the same Tasmanian providers in response to increased demand.

The Hobart City Mission received additional funding and said it would help the organisation continue to meet demand for its services.

“Over the past three years, we’ve seen a 66 per cent increase in the demand for food packs and we do not expect that to slow anytime soon,” Hobart City Mission CEO Harvey Lennon said.

Federal Housing, Homelessness and Small Business Minister Julie Collins said providers across Tasmania are seeing increased demand for emergency and food relief.

“These are challenging times for many in our community, and this much-needed support will help increase access to essential items through vouchers, food and clothing parcels,” she said.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said the additional funding will allow service providers to continue to deliver urgent support to those in the community who need it most.

“This extra funding is in addition to the extension of $190 million over two years for Emergency Relief, Food Relief, and Financial Counselling that was announced in November 2022,” she said.

More information, including how to find an Emergency Relief provider, is available on the Department of Social Services website.

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