When the Covid-19 lockdown hit and grocery shop shelves were stripped bare, we all realised how much everyone depends on having a secure food supply.
So imagine if you were a vulnerable or a less mobile member of our community? How would you manage?
While our Trishaw services were temporarily halted, Motion by the Ocean Inc. swiftly re-imagined its purpose.
We established a partnership with Secondbite, one of Australia’s leading food recovery agencies.
We work together to rescue surplus food from retailers and help redistribute it to people in need.
Our food program provides free weekly grocery hampers to those in our community who will benefit from it most.
Our referrals come from our local MLA’s, service groups (ie Lions Duncraig) and from the carers who support our trishaw passengers.
To date, we have collected 25,500 kg of food, distributed as food hampers by a team of local volunteers who assist with deliveries.
Although the program was designed to help manage the initial impact of Covid-19, it remains relevant for many in our community today.
With good relationships established with our volunteers and donors, the program continues, ensuring we support vulnerable members of our community.
As of November 2021, we are happy to announce a partnership with Foodbank too, allowing for a broader range of foods for our Moving Food Program.
In fact, due to cost-of-living pressures, the demand for our services is now greater than when we initiated the program.