If you visit the offices of the Ormond Anglican Church as I did this week, you will encounter one of the more enthusiastic and energetic clergy you could hope to meet. If Reverend Kevin Pedersen had not chosen a life of faith, he certainly would have ended up in a sales career somewhere and been very successful at it. Minutes from introducing myself Reverend Pedersen was giving more all the information he could about the food drive “Hope for
Glen Eira and beyond”.
He had good reason too, as was pushing a cause close to his heart and to that of his Anglican parish. Hope for Glen Eira and Beyond is a campaign run by a group of local churches who unite to provide food to community services to stock their food banks. These services include:
- The Salvation Army, Bentleigh
- Carnegie Church of Christ Open Hands
- Dixon House Neighbourhood Centre
- Compass Community Care
- Community Information Glen Eira
- C Care – Food Relief service
These food banks are a vital source of hope for the people in the City of Glen Eira who have little or no income or who are housebound. In 2017, thanks to the generosity of Glen Eira residents the drive collected $20,000.00 worth of food for those in need in the City of Glen Eira. They hope to do the same or even better in 2018. With people like the reverend behind the drive, you have to like their chances.
You can help by filling the provided shopping bag with a donation of non-perishable food items. On May 6th volunteers will visit your residence to collect the bag OR if you won’t be home on collection day, you can leave your donation on your doorstep before 10:00 am.
- Monday 16th April 7.45pm-9.30pm Training Night at Ormond Anglican
- Saturday 28th April 10am-1pm Hope Bags distributed to local residents
- Sunday 6th May 10am-1pm Donations collected from residents
The food items that the reverend and the drive overall are looking for small items that are non-perishable such as
Biscuits (crackers, crispbreads), Breakfast cereals (Weet-Bix, Oats), Spreads (Honey, Jam, Peanut Butter), Tinned Fruit & Veg, Tinned Fish, Tinned Soup, Dry pasta and sauce, Flavoured past meals (packet), Instant coffee, Tea Bags, Long Life milk, Muesli Bras, Rice, Baked beans, Vry Cous Cous and Sweet Biscuits.
Kosher items from the list are also appreciated. See Kosher Australia for more information.
For more information contact the Food Drive Coordinator on 9578 1417 or go to their facebook page at facebook.com/hope4gleneira
We were hoping for an interview about the Reverend and his parish, but we will save that for another day. Please get behind this wonderful initiative!