The Federal Government has pledged $200 million to charities and community organisations who give emergency relief, such as food banks, however many charities are having to reinvent how they deliver services, The Advocate reports.
On any given night in Tasmania about 1600 people experience homelessness who often turn to services for food and shelter but the pandemic is creating further hardship.
Due to government regulations Launceston’s Strike It Out has cancelled its nightly meals down at Royal Park.
“It is a very sad day today as so many changes are occurring on a daily basis and the health and safety of our volunteers is top priority.
“We will continue to assist with food packages to those in emergency need, these will be delivered with no people contact,” it said.
“We are working on supplying lunches and dinners to essential services that will continue to operate during this time of crisis.”
Similarly Salvation Army staff from programs that have been cut have been redeployed to meet essential need.
Tasmanian charities forced to change their service delivery (The Advocate)