StudyAdelaide and Insider Guides have joined forces to support OzHarvest as they assist international students in need with access to the OzHarvest Mobile Market.
In addition to continuing to support 1,300 charitable organisations around Australia daily with food relief, OzHarvest has extended its reach, to connect with vulnerable members of the community whose circumstances have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The OzHarvest Mobile Market will be trialed next week, at various locations, to provide international students who are struggling to make ends meet with free groceries, fresh produce and prepared meals.
The OzHarvest team and volunteers from Insider Guides and the StudyAdelaide Student Ambassadors will deliver hampers and individual food items at Flinders University (Monday), Hindmarsh Square Adelaide (Tuesday and Friday), Regency TAFE (Tuesday) and the University of South Australia Mawson Lakes campus (Wednesday).
StudyAdelaide Chief Executive, Karyn Kent said they welcomed the initiative from OzHarvest. “OzHarvest has been working closely with local, state and Federal Government to identify any gaps in support during COVID-19. One of the groups in need of welfare and food support is international students who are struggling to make ends meet. This initiative complements the State Government’s International Student Support Package,” said Karyn Kent.
Lyndall Vandenberg, OzHarvest’s SA State Manager said that “This collaboration is all about true community spirit, where three important local organisations are working together to help and support vulnerable international students in South Australia. We are incredibly proud to be able to initiate this project to try and alleviate some of that stress.”
“While our bright, yellow food rescue vans continue to provide daily food relief to local charities supporting people in need, the Mobile Market is a temporary extension of this assistance. The food items selected for students to use are highly nutritious, staple items such as tinned tomatoes, pasta and, baked beans as well as an assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables.”
More than 750 students are expected to connect with OzHarvest next week.
James Martin, Managing Director Insider Guides, Australia’s leading media channel for international students, understands just how much international students need this support.
“Our audience is telling us that through no fault of their own, many international students have found themselves in a very difficult situation during COVID-19. It’s crucial that initiatives such as these are in place to fill the increasing need. We’re very happy to support the OzHarvest Mobile Market and the international student community during this challenging
time.” said James Martin.
StudyAdelaide strongly believes that Adelaide and South Australia remains the best destination for international students in the country if not the world given our vibrant city, lifestyle and educational opportunities and in the time of COVID-19, our safety record and support for the students.
For more information on the OzHarvest Mobile Market visit https://www.ozharvest.org/adelaide/
The public can make a donation to support the great work that OzHarvest does for all vulnerable members of our community at https://events.ozharvest.org/hereforhope
OzHarvest Mobile Market Details:
Flinders University Hub – Monday 29 June, 11.30am-12.30pm
TAFE SA Regency Campus –Tuesday 30 June, 11.30am-12.30pm
Hindmarsh Square Adelaide – Tuesday 30 June, 3-4pm & Friday 3 July, 3-4pm
UniSA Mawson Lakes campus – Wednesday 1 July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm