Fairfield City Council ECEC services pivot to support community with cooking help

Fairfield City Council ECEC services pivot to support community with cooking help

by Freya Lucas

July 30, 2021

Council run early childhood services in Fairfield City, New South Wales are making meals for community members facing hardship during the extended COVID-19 lockdown in NSW Mayor Frank Carbone has shared in a statement.


The new initiative has been driven by Council and will see staff from Council’s early education and care (ECEC) services prepare a range of meals including specific meals for cultural diets, vegetarian foods and pureed food for children, catering for residents who are isolated, disadvantaged, or have no support. 


Staff will cook up to 1,000 meals per day from nine centre kitchens, something Mayor Carbone said this is just one of the ways that Council staff are stepping up to support the community during lockdown. 


“Fairfield is about family and community spirit, it’s in our nature to lend a helping hand to others in need. This program will utilise the skills of Council’s staff to prepare meals that cater for different multicultural groups,” he explained. 


“Throughout this pandemic we have ensured that residents are still connected with their community and have the resources they need to link them to services if required, such as through the Mayor’s Wellbeing Register.”


While the Council was keen to ensure that people stay home and do the right thing, the Mayor said, “we know some of our residents live alone and don’t have family and friends that live close by that can check in on them, and we want to make sure that they are being looked after.” 


Council is working with The Parks Network Inc, Community First Step, CORE Community Services and Woodville Alliance to distribute the meals. Anyone requiring assistance with food should contact either Council on 02 9725 0222 or the above mentioned services. 


For more information about the Mayor’s Wellbeing Register see here