DESPITE funding for Anglicare’s emergency relief program Loaves and Fishes recently being cut in Myrtleford, local church volunteers want to spread the word that there is still assistance available to those who need it.
Last month the Commonwealth Social Services Department cut $60,000 funding from Wangaratta’s Loaves and Fishes program which included $17,000 in emergency relief funding for Myrtleford, Bright and Mt Beauty.
The funding made up half of Anglicare’s emergency relief funding in the Alpine region which assisted over 1000 people in the three towns in the nine months to the end of March this year according to Peter Thompson, general manager parish partnerships for Anglicare Victoria.
Myrtleford’s funding has been entirely cut due to a lack of volunteers to run the service while Bright and Mt Beauty’s Anglicare assistance is being offered but not to the same degree.
Ovens Valley Combined Churches Welfare Incorporated member and former Anglicare volunteer Cheryl Sanderson said people in Myrtleford can still receive a similar service to the Anglicare one through the combined churches who are funding the cause.
“Since the Anglicare funding was cut we have heard that people are going over to the Salvation Army in Beechworth to get assistance because they don’t know about the Combined Churches here,” she said.