Wollongong charity Need A Feed is distributing five tonnes of food in Christmas hampers with the help of Baptist Care’s Darcy House.
But despite handing out hundreds of hampers there are still many people on the waiting list.
Need A Feed founder Shaz Harrison-Shaw said it was the third food distribution this year and that was made possible by many donations and support from businesses such as Heard McEwan, Bulli Fruit and Deli and IMB.
Families being helped have come to Need A Feed via community groups in Bellambi and Corrimal, Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre, Warrawong Community Centre and Aboriginal Community Group.
Baptist Care Darcy House manager Elizabeth Hukins said people were being helped from as far away as the Shoalhaven.
“It reflects there is obviously a big need,” she said.
“They rang Darcy. We collected the donations after Need A Feed approached us. It is a great idea. The response surprised us. It reflects there is a significant need. We were taking at least 30 phone calls a day.”
Darcy House already help around 90 people day with everything from a breakfast to a free hot lunch, plus a number of services.
There were 10 Need A Feed volunteers, four Darcy House volunteers and some recipients of food hampers helping out on Tuesday.
“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers,” Mrs Hukins said.
Greg Delavere has been helping Need A Feed as a volunteer for three months.
“I wanted to help people who are not as well off,” he said.
“This is about just giving people a bit of a hand up.”
Mr Delavere, of Figtree, has been doing food pick ups, drop offs and helping with fundraising events such as trivia nights.
“I wanted to come to the hand out today so I could see the food going to people. Up until now I have been collecting. I wanted to see people getting the benefit..and see the look on their faces”.