The Morrison Government is providing additional support to Emergency Relief and Food Relief providers across Victoria.
Local service providers will share in $2.6 million of funding across Victoria for Emergency Relief work in the local community.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the additional funding will provide practical immediate support to people across Wannon who are doing it tough.
“Emergency Relief providers are a real lifeline for people who are experiencing financial distress and hardship,” said Mr Tehan.
“Australians have been extremely resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and we know this extra support will help many Wannon families get through this difficult time.”
Acting Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Reynolds said Emergency and Food Relief providers will provide additional support in Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspots.
“This additional funding will help our local service providers continue to support vulnerable Australians, by helping them with food, clothing, petrol, vouchers or help with bills,” Minister Reynolds said.
An additional $2 million will be provided to the Australian Red Cross to continue supporting temporary visa holders to access counselling and support and $2 million will also be shared between Foodbank Australia, OzHarvest and SecondBite to increase food supplies to Commonwealth-funded Emergency Relief providers.
This funding is part of the Morrison Government's $200 million Community Support Package and was recommended by the National Coordination Group, which advises the Government on how to best allocate funding to Emergency Relief providers to ensure it is distributed where it is most needed.
The funding works alongside a range of other financial supports available to people who have been directed to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone who has COVID-19.
More information about emergency relief and service providers is available on the DSS Grants Service Directory.