FOOD relief for clients at the Mount Gambier Community Centre stepped up under an ongoing partnership with national non-profit organisation SecondBite in 2019. SecondBite provides access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia by partnering with retailers to divert surplus items from landfill to more than 1300 charities around the country providing food relief to people in need. Under a partnership with SecondBite, ac.care team members, along with students from Tenison Woods College, collect food from ALDI and Coles outlets in Mount Gambier on a daily basis. Items include bread, dairy products, meat, fruit and vegetables, which are made available for visitors to the centre to collect at no charge and with no obligation. Many of these people are clients of ac.care’s homelessness and financial support programs, while others are in vulnerable situations and sometimes visit to collect food a few times before becoming familiar with staff and asking for help through the agency’s broader services. “The food is very popular with clients visiting our centre and for many it makes the difference of having fresh food or in some cases any food at all,” community services program manager Sue Watt said. Bread supplied through the daily collections has also been used for making toasted sandwiches at the centre, which have long proven popular with clients who connect with staff and other visitors while pausing for a snack.

While special measures were put in place around providing food in line with COVID-19 restrictions, Ms Watt said the availability of produce was vital to support community members who had lost employment or were struggling financially during the uncertain times. “It also encouraged people to engage with ac.care so they could learn about our services and how we could help create opportunities to improve their situation,” she said. Collection of donated produce through the new SecondBite partnership builds on existing supplies of food, including non-perishable items, provided through ongoing arrangements with FoodbankSA.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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