Charities Work To Provide Food For People In Need During Melbourne’s latest Lockdown

Among some of the worst-hit by this pandemic in Melbourne are International students and those on temporary, humanitarian or bridging visa’s.

During some much-needed respite from the usual joyless Covid-19 coverage, I spent some time with two volunteer charity organisations providing and distributing free meals for those who fall through the cracks of government assistance.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: Angelina Sukiri (Far right) project co-ordinator of the Kasih Project is seen marking down the details of group as they come to collect their food which was prepared by ‘Alex Makes Meals’ on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. A large number of the people that the Kasih Project support are on Humanitarian Visa’s illegible for government assistance, often working underpaying jobs with the farming, warehouse or cleaning sector. With work hours reduced and some without work due to Covid-19 many have had to resort to initiative such as The Kasih Project, which is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

The first is @alexmakesmeals, an organisation started by 20-year-old university student @alexkdekker during Melbourne’s first lockdown when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in March. 

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Originally aimed at providing meals for healthcare workers, the charity has now expanded to provide meals for anyone in need following the return of lockdown restrictions due to a spike in community coronavirus transmissions. A team of volunteer chef’s and kitchen staff (most out of work) cook and pack hundreds of nutritious culturally appropriate meals a day. 

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: An international student is seen collecting food from Alex Dekker of ‘Alex makes meals’ at a location in the Melbourne CBD on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Alex Makes Meals is a volunteer food organisation started by 20-year-old Alex Dekker during Melbourne’s lockdown when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in March. Originally aimed at providing meals for healthcare workers, the charity has now expanded to provide meals for anyone in need following the return of lockdown restrictions due to a spike in community coronavirus transmissions. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: International Student Meisa Betty from Indonesia is seen collecting food from Alex Dekker the founder of ‘Alex Makes meals’ on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Hospitality management student Meisa Betty has been without a job for 4 months added to this her studies have been effected as all her classes are online and she is unable to do her necessary internship. Alex Makes Meals is a volunteer food organisation started by 20-year-old Alex Dekker during Melbourne’s lockdown when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in March. Originally aimed at providing meals for healthcare workers, the charity has now expanded to provide meals for anyone in need following the return of lockdown restrictions due to a spike in community coronavirus transmissions. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images) (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

The second group was the Kasih Project is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: Angelina Sukiri project co-ordinator (left) and Hetty Hermanus a volunteer with ‘The Kasih Project’ are seen packing a car with food cooked by ‘Alex Makes Meals’ on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Angelina and Hetty then deliver the food to a collection point where residents in that area are allotted a time to come and collect their food. The Kasih Project is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: Angelina Sukiri project co-Ordinator of the Kasih Project (centre) is seen making a ‘thank-you gesture’ as a worker comes to collect food on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. A large number of the people that the Kasih Project support are on Humanitarian Visa’s illegible for government assistance, often working underpaying jobs with the farming, warehouse or cleaning sector. With work hours reduced and some without work due to Covid-19 many have had to resort to initiative such as The Kasih Project, which is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: Angelina Sukiri project co-Ordinator of the Kasih Project (centre) is seen handing food to an International student at a house in Springvale on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. The Kasih Project is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: Angelina Sukiri, project Co-ordinator of ‘The Kasih Project’ is seen counting a number of food containers as she prepares to hand out meals which were prepared by the charity ‘Alex Makes Meals’ to members of the Indonesian community who are in Australia on Humanitarian Visa’s on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. A large number of the people that the Kasih Project support are on Humanitarian Visa’s illegible for government assistance, often working very low-paying jobs in the farming, warehouse or cleaning sector. With work hours reduced and some without work due to Covid-19 many have had to resort to initiative such as The Kasih Project, which is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Angelina Sukiri project co-Ordinator of the Kasih Project has been assisting in the distribution of food to those on Humanitarian Visa’s illegible for government assistance, often working very low-paying jobs in the farming, warehouse or cleaning sector.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: Angelina Sukiri, project Co-ordinator of ‘The Kasih Project’ (centre) is seen handing food package which were prepared by ‘Alex Makes food’ to members of the Indonesian migrant community at a property in Springvale on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. A large number of the people that the Kasih Project support are on Humanitarian Visa’s illegible for government assistance, often working very low-paying jobs in the farming, warehouse or cleaning sector. With work hours reduced and some without work due to Covid-19 many have had to resort to initiative such as The Kasih Project, which is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

With work hours drastically reduced and some without work due to Covid-19, many have had to resort to initiatives such as The Kasih Project, which is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: A group of temporary working Visa holders from Indonesia are seen as they leave a property in Springvale after collecting food packages from members of ‘the Kasih Project’ on July 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. A large number of the people that the Kasih Project support are on Humanitarian Visa’s illegible for government assistance, often working very low-paying jobs in the farming, warehouse or cleaning sector. With work hours reduced and some without work due to Covid-19 many have had to resort to initiative such as The Kasih Project, which is a community organisation that has been distributing emergency food relief for international students and other temporary visa holders who are not able to access any government assistance. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

If you wish to donate to either organisation you can do so via their links

@alexmakesmeals bit.ly/ammDonate

Kasih Project https://www.facebook.com/kasih.project/

Asanka Brendon Ratnayake #onassignment for @gettyimages

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