Gillian Wells, Alison McClure, Erin Pethybridge, Christine Cummins and Kate Macdonald-Whelan.

Cuts to income support for community-based asylum seekers has forced hundreds of refugees, including children and babies to access emergency housing and food banks.

Consequently the Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) Bendigo have recommenced a food drive to support the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne.

Convenor of RAR Christine Cummins said the plight of refugees was dismal and there seemed to be no long-term solutions on offer.

The ASRC is currently helping more than 2000 people seeking asylum with basic welfare.

Ms Cummins said the ASRC is providing free groceries for approximately 700 people every week and estimate 50 per cent of these people have no income at all, making the ASRC their only source of food.

“The ASRC needs to raise $1.2million in donated goods to meet demand,” Ms Cummins said.

“We encourage people to donate an item off the list of essentials, just a single item will make a positive difference and is greatly appreciated.”

Donations can be left at The Good Loaf Bakery, Hargreaves Street during business hours.

They can also be left on Saturday, June 1 at the entrance to the Marketplace between 10am and 2pm.

In terms of longevity and storage, people are requested to donate items on the list shown.

For further information contact RAR Bendigo Convenor Christine Cummins by emailing
rarbendigo@gmail.com