Connect stretched to breaking point

Hornsby Connect volunteers with Steve Hopwood, centre
Hornsby Connect volunteers with Steve Hopwood, centre
Jenny Barlass

A lack of volunteers and sheer manpower has put the future of reduced price food distribution point Hornsby Connect in jeopardy.

Unless more people come forward to collect food, drive trucks and serve in the store in Burdett Street Hornsby which sells reduced-price food to over 320 registered low income recipients, the service will be forced to close its doors.

“Unless we have an influx of volunteers soon, the service levels that we currently offer could be compromised,” said Hornsby Connect President Steve Hopwood.

“Connect is more than just cheaper food though – there’s a cafe so people can meet, plus we offer assistance to the socially isolated as well as a counselling and referral service and help for the long-term unemployed caught in the poverty trap.

“We’re regularly helping lots of local people so closure is something we definitely don’t want to happen. People will go hungry if we have to close.”

Opened for 16 months now, the service provided by this not-for-profit in Burdett Avenue is staffed by 22 volunteers but, says Steve, they need double that to keep the service going. “We have a particular need for drivers. Call me on the number below if you have even a few hours a week to help out.”

Call Hornsby Connect president Steve Hopwood on 0401 778 124 if you can spare a few hours a week to help serve in the shop or drive the food trucks.

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