COVID-19 creates a new demographic of people seeking food relief

Welfare agencies in Ballarat are experiencing up to 50 per cent increases in requests for emergency relief by people who have never sought help from a service before.

They say the economic fallout from COVID-19 has led to a new demographic of people who need help to afford food and pay their bills.

Unemployed parents, stood down casual workers and international university students who are stuck in Ballarat without work or family supports are among the rising number of people seeking financial help to get through the pandemic.

Centacare manager NDIS, homelessness and advocacy Virginia Louey said she wanted people who were struggling financially to know help was available.

“The people I am particularly concerned about are the ones who have never needed services before,” she said.

“I think they are the ones who are going to find it more challenging, because they don’t know even where to start.

“If people have lost their job or there has been a substantial drop in the household income for whatever reason, contact an agency and talk to somebody to see what steps you can start with.”

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Article source: The Courier