Food relief for Afghan families

Bassir Qadiri with one of the food parcels. Picture: GARY SISSONS 243941_01

By Danielle Kutchel

Bakhtar Cultural Association has received State Government support to continue its community food relief program.

In an announcement, the organisation said it was “privileged” to be partnering with the government to “deliver culturally appropriate food packages to members of the Afghan community impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since October 2020, the organisation has provided packages and vouchers to more than 200 families in the City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong and Shire of Cardinia.

“We are so grateful that our project has been funded and approved to continue our services and support those who are in need in the community,” the organisation said in a statement.

Chairperson of the association, Bassir Qadiri, said the support was for those in the Afghan community who had been affected by the pandemic, for example by losing their jobs or business, as well as asylum seekers on temporary visas, victims of family and domestic violence, community members at risk of homelessness and families who are struggling financially.

“Our delivery takes place every fortnight and we are looking forward to supporting at least 30 families during this period,” he said.

The packages will be available in small, medium or large sizes based on the number of people in the family to which it is allocated.

Each package will contain about 13 items, enough to last a family between eight and 10 weeks.

Those in the Afghan community who are in need of the food relief service can get in touch by emailing or calling 0425 235 814.