Helping hand for families at Claremont

FAMILIES at Goodstart Early Learning Claremont received a welcome helping hand recently when they were greeted by 40-kilograms of donated food.

Provided by the charity SecondBite, which redistributes surplus fresh food to community food programs, the donation included a vast array of fruit, vegetables, tinned and packet food.

Organised by Godstart Claremont educator Melissa Tyrrell and centre director Sharon McGowan, the food donation was aimed at helping the centre’s families and children who were currently experiencing hardship.

“Our families find the day-to-day struggle of life really tough, as do families in many communities, so this is our way of giving them a helping hand,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan and Ms Tyrrell will now take turns picking up the 40-kilograms of food from SecondBite every Wednesday, where it will then be offered to families within the centre on a regular basis.

“We’ve also got plans to develop our own vegetable garden so we can offer that produce to parents as well,” Ms McGowan said.

“It’s all about making it easier for the parents in our community.”

Ms McGowan said the food donation was also about becoming more sustainable within the community and she paid tribute to Ms Tyrrell for organising the food donation.

Goodstart Claremont is an EChO (Enhancing Children’s Outcomes) centre and provides high quality early learning and care for children from six-weeks to five-years-of-age.

The centre has its own vegetable gardens and lots of plants that the children help to tend, as well as several pets children enjoy helping care for.

Caption: Goodstart Early Learning Claremont has welcomed 40-kilograms for donated food from SecondBite, which it will distribute to parents in need. Pictured, from left, parents Mary Bosco and Aneke Hewer.