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Farmer and food delivery service team up to provide refugees with fresh food

Food delivery service EASI and Australian farmer Catherine Velisha have partnered to provide fresh and takeaway food delivery to refugees during the lockdown. The move is to help those who are having a hard time getting fresh food in times of Coronavirus and who are not receiving any Government assistance.

EASI and Velisha Farms will donate 50 Harvest boxes to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne, which will distribute them to individual homes.

“We felt a responsibility as a food delivery service to help feed those in need during this difficult period. There are a lot of groups that need help, and EASI is doing what it can to help those not eligible for government assistance and hope others can do the same,” said Kitty Lu, national account manager at EASI.

“I’m a third generation farmer but also [a] third generation migrant myself. Originally we conceived of this idea to provide fresh food to people’s doors. But it’s important that as business leaders [and] citizens that in the process of going about our daily lives we don’t let people fall through the cracks,” said Velisha.

ASRC CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis said it’s great to see Australian businesses support some of the most vulnerable people in the community, “many of whom are precluded from paid work and government assistance”.

EASI will also donate extra funding to the ASRC and is urging other businesses to support refugees.

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