Not long ago, I took on a position with Northside Community Care, helping to relieve poverty in Brisbane. One of the ways we do this is through the provision of food relief.
We are contacted for food hampers by those in our local community, often after a referral from Centrelink or a similar agency. While we reviewed this program, one of my team delivered a parcel to someone just a few kilometres from our offices.
It was a good reminder of why we do what we do.
The lady we delivered a food parcel to had empty cupboards, and all that was in her fridge was half an avocado. As our worker talked to her, we discovered her life was challenging on a number of fronts.
Her past relationship had been difficult, and had contributed to time in jail. She was currently suffering health challenges, and was the carer for her granddaughter as addiction issues prevented her daughter from providing care to her own child.
The lady we took the hamper to needed more than just food – but food was a great start.
Happily, delivering food to those in need allows us the opportunity to engage a little more, ask some questions, provide referrals for other assistance and even offer prayer if it’s wanted. Making a difference in someone’s world isn’t particularly difficult – it just requires intentionality.
Half an avocado in an otherwise empty kitchen.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
~ Ruth Limkin firstname.lastname@example.org