• Lisa Elliott

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Inc

Critical Needs for People Seeking Asylum

Contact Name Ursula De Almeida, Grants Coordinator Email grants@asrc.org.au Address 214-218 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011 Phone Number 03 9326 6066

Charity website www.asrc.org.au DGR Registration Link https://abr.business.gov.au/ABN/View?id=64114965815 ACNC Page Link https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity/16bfdf5f9439e56da9aa696fb2796c83

Please provide a brief, two sentence overview of the project that requires funding.

In this current climate, our critical and essential services are: Community Food, Emergency Housing and Health. Food security is essential to our health and wellbeing, hence we are seeking funding for food packs.

Overview of Organisation Our mission: ASRC is a place and part of a movement. We support and empower people at critical junctures of their journey.

Building on our proximity to those with lived experience, we mobilise and partner for a community of compassion, justice and opportunity.

The ASRC has been operating since 2001 to support people seeking asylum - our members - to survive and thrive. In this current crisis, we remain open and continue to advocate for people seeking asylum.

Describe the project that requires funding: People seeking asylum are the most vulnerable in our communities as many do not have access to Centrelink, Medicare and other social security benefits. Many do not have any rights to work.

Due to restrictions put in place and in an effort to increase sanitation, our Foodbank model has evolved into a “food pack” style service, whereby packs are created and given out according to the size of a family, remembering that 75% of the people in this program have no income. Around 400 emergency food packs, costing $53 each, are distributed each week to 700 people, including 300 families, and an additional 180 packs are distributed to people presenting to the ASRC for the first time, or after leaving the ASRC, mostly due to job loss.

Our Community Meals Kitchen has also faced restrictions to service, removing the only hot meal members may receive in a day. To combat this, our model has evolved to deploy ASRC Catering to facilitate the hand out of up to 180 takeaway meals each week, costing around $15 each.

Very soon, the ASRC will be evolving the Foodbank “food pack” model into a new form of food delivery service across Melbourne to reach people who are isolated, unwell or not able to leave their home due to Government restrictions. This will see a further cost requirement of approx. $4,000 a week to cover the delivery and operational costs.

Please describe any collaboration you have had with other organisations in relation to this project: The ASRC has been able to secure some food and goods donation from the community as well as some companies such as Quilton, Sharp and The Body Shop. Due to social distancing regulations, community donations have substantially decreased as has our volunteer workforce.

Funds requested from Pool of Dreams sub-fund: $10,000

Other sources of funding Confirmed: $7,500 from StreetSmart Australia, $30,000 LUCRF Super Community Program

When would this project be expected to start? 1/4/20

When would you anticipate this project to be completed? 31/12/2020

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