The Salvation Army Seymour’s community garden is helping tackle food insecurity in the Seymour district.
The garden has been a large part of the Salvation Army’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen many lose their jobs and experience food insecurity for the first time.
And thanks to the $5000 generously donated by Seymour and district during the Red Shield Appeal, Captain Heather Stamp said the community garden was producing fresh ingredients for the popular community meal and would help with upcoming budget cooking classes.
“Budget meals doesn’t mean you have to eat baked beans in a can. You can eat nutritious food while sticking to a budget,” she said.
“Not everyone knows how to make a cheap stir fry and we want to show people how to do that and give them the ingredients to go home and do it.
“We’re also looking at developing meal kits like the ones you see advertised on TV. Not everyone can afford the advertised ones so we’re making something similar with the produce from our garden.”
Captain Michelle Myles said the Food for Thought booklet developed by Nexus Primary Health and Seymour Health was great for people who didn’t know where to turn when times got tough.
“There’s a lot of people that need our services that have not needed them before. They don’t know where to turn and the booklet gives them a roadmap,” she said.
“We’re looking for a small caravan or coffee van to bring our services to the community and to help people get experience as baristas.
“We want to start a social enterprise to teach people to be baristas and give them experience so they can get a job.
“Seymour has a lot of unseen homeless people and people quietly struggling. We want to be able to go to them with a coffee and a sandwich and check in on them.
“It’s a chance to broaden our reach of people we can help while also giving people the skills they need to find work and support themselves.
“Everything we do would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers. We can always use more hands and would encourage anyone with some spare time to give us a call.”
For more information about volunteering or donating, phone Heather on 0425?124?122 or Michelle on 0409?853?412 or email [email protected] or [email protected]