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NMIT to help preserve asylum seeker lifeline this summer

30 Jul 2014

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Food Bank in Footscray does an amazing job of providing around 170 asylum seeker families with essential groceries each week.

While the food is fresh and of good quality, it still has to get from the Food Bank to Asylum Seekers’ homes in good condition – something most of us take for granted but when you don’t have a car in the middle of summer this can suddenly become a real issue.
 
Recently, NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) gave a helping hand through the donation of nearly 300 cooler bags to the ASRC Food Bank. The surplus stock of cooler bags was originally designed as promotional items for NMIT viticulture programs.
 
“In summer they (the cooler bags) will be fantastic because much of the food we supply is perishable,” said Chantelle Bazerghi, ASRC Food Bank Manager.
 
The Food Bank receives groceries donated by the community and food rescue organisations while some are also purchased by the ASRC.
 
“We even get families from Shepparton coming into our Footscray Food Bank as most of our clients have no income.”
 
NMIT Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager, Jude Whelan, said that “the Institute is thrilled to see the bags being used for such a worthy and practical purpose”.

For more information about the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre click here .
 

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Coordinator, James Gardener, on 03 92691579, 0413 483 182 or ua.ud1481220401e.tim1481220401n@ren1481220401edrag1481220401semaj1481220401
 
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE trades as NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.
 

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