Nourishing the community with food and crafts

A collection of handmade felt hearts.

Nourish Network has been helping to feed and nurture families in Mooroolbark, as well as providing opportunities for community members to give back.

Every week, volunteers from Nourish Network put together food boxes for collection by local families who are going through financial difficulties. Since health and safety restrictions were put in place, the number of families accessing free, healthy fresh food from this small volunteer-based group has doubled.

The Nourish team understand that in hard times people often feel better if they are able to give back. With this in mind, they created the Ripple Gratitude Project. Craft kits have been provided for community members of all ages to make hearts and stars for frontline workers as an expression of gratitude. Over 450 hearts and stars with thoughtfully written cards have been delivered to hospitals, medical centres, fire stations and police stations.

“At a time when the world is a little confusing, it has been a blessing to have people finding a way to still keep us connected and ease the struggles of the COVID pandemic," says local resident Kerry.