Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith, met with Andrew Paech, Assistant Director of WestCare Community Services to view their upgrades following the success of their application for funding through the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership (CBP) Program.
WestCare received a grant of $14,513 under the 2014 CPB Program to purchase commercial refrigeration and freezer units to meet their increasing storage demands.
The grant was originally to purchase two commercial refrigeration units but with some very favourable pricing from the manufacturer, WestCare were able to increase it to five – three freezers and two fridges, all 1335 litre glass door units.
Andrew Paech said we are delighted with the outcome and particularly grateful to the NSW government and our local member Stuart Ayres who has enabled this to happen. The upgrade has effectively tripled our Emergency Relief Service’s storage capacity for fresh and frozen food. This has become increasingly important at a time when more families in challenging situations are turning to us for assistance.
WestCare have been helping people in Penrith for over 30 years and are local charity partners of Foodbank, Oz Harvest and Sydney Direct Fresh Produce.
Their Emergency Relief Service, which also distributes clothing and utility vouchers, is located in the Community Connection building, 114-116 Henry St in Penrith.
“It was my pleasure to have recommended WestCare for funding and these additional units will enable them to continue providing their services to the Penrith community” added Stuart Ayres.