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As part of our ongoing commitment to support community groups who help alleviate disadvantage in Ballarat, we have been making visits to everyone who received funding in 2018. It has been an absolute pleasure to see how the people of Ballarat are helping out others in our community. The Salvation Army Ballarat are well known for being active in local communities and have a number of programs that help alleviate food insecurity. However, one program in particular really makes a huge impact to growing minds and bodies. The Tribe School Lunch Program delivers freshly made lunches to at risk children to their school.

This program ensures kids have the energy to concentrate and be active at school.

The program operates three days a week and on any given day up to 40 lunches can be made and delivered to schools. The lunches provided help families who are at risk of food insecurity. Parents don’t have to worry about their children going hungry and it also takes the pressure off schools and teachers to provide lunches.

Funding from the Community Impact grant goes towards purchasing the food and ingredients for the school lunches. Usually they consist of a sandwich, fruit, a piece of cake and a snack of veggie sticks or sultanas. A small team of volunteers slice, cut, butter and pack their way through the morning to ensure that the lunches are made and delivered in time for the lunch break. This ensures kids have the energy to concentrate and be active at school.