Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation

May 23rd
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Hot meals delivered

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90 hot meals delivered to four places weekly - caring for homeless people, low income families and senior citizens from July - September, 2020.Due to the pandemic, a lot of people have lost their jobs, become homeless and don't have enough money to buy food. Sydney volunteers have worked with the church, community and senior citizen centres to provide nutritious vegetarian Asian fried rice or noodles, Western spaghetti, potato croquettes and burgers 14 times from July to September, which has benefited 730 people and involved 124 volunteers. The Parramatta Mission manager said that the mission of the church is to promote a harmonious community, as they have a strong faith and believe that everyone has intrinsic love. Trust is their motivation for continuing to provide breakfast and take away lunches for the homeless. He admires Tzu Chi volunteers' smiles, and their sincere heart for helping people who are in urgent need. The Harris Park Community Centre has 15 low income families who request for fresh food, and they are happy to change from a meat to vegetarian diet every Wednesday. The Villawood Senior Citizen Centre had 30-40 elderly members attending activities and enjoying lunches in the centre before the pandemic. Although there are only around 10 regular visitors now, they are very happy to see Tzu Chi volunteers each week. Every Saturday night, young people (Tzu Ching) volunteering with the Loving Cross church group, to prepare 15 boxes in the Prince Alfred Square which are then delivered to people who cannot afford to buy food. We also provide hand sanitiser and cloth face masks to volunteers of other organisations, so that they can be protected well from the pandemic. This vegetarian meal distribution is very meaningful, as people can have hot food and feel love with no barrier of religion, race and country of origin. Every volunteer is very happy to help wash and cut vegetables, cook and clean up. Caring for them like our families, we are one big family indeed.