Brethren charity, the
Rapid Relief Team (RRT), has partnered up with the NSW Government to deliver thousands of donated food boxes to families in COVID-19 self-quarantine.

 The NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and the NSW Government have allocated $250,000 for the RRT to provide 4,500 Food Boxes to NSW individuals and families.

Over the past weeks, the RRT Food Box initiative has been supporting people in self-quarantine by providing food boxes to Australians who may be struggling or otherwise unable to leave their home.

Thousands of food boxes are now being safely packed by RRT volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), to be delivered to individuals and families all across NSW.

Most recipients are temporary or casual workers, or the elderly, and who are in self-quarantine at home.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the RRT Food Boxes are desperately needed in regional and rural NSW where services such as home delivery are not available.

“Every day RRT volunteers are caring for the community and have done so for many years, through their various food provision services.

“I’m delighted that the NSW Government has partnered with RRT to get food boxes to those in need, particularly in remote areas where we don’t have access to the same services as those in the cities.”

RRT Managing Director Ron Arkcoll said care and compassion were at the core of RRT’s outreach programs and said they were thrilled to be able to offer a small gesture of help to those who needed it.

“While we know the covid-19 crisis continues to throw up never-before-seen challenges for us all, we are so humbled to be able to provide a small amount of relief to NSW families,” he said.

“Our volunteers will continue to step up to the challenge and are committed to supporting our local communities through these tough times.

“Whether that’s filling a family pantry with some staple food items or putting a smile on the face of a neighbour – from an appropriate distance! – we hope these small gestures go towards providing some relief.

“I want to thank the NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and the NSW Government for their assistance and for always putting the people of NSW first – and I also want to thank our RRT volunteers who go above and beyond every single time,” he said.

The RRT is currently supporting people in self-quarantine in NSW who have been referred by Service NSW, and while the initiative is live in Queensland, are working to continue to expand support to other states.

If you live in NSW and need support, please call 13 77 88 who will assess your situation and organise support through this initiative should you qualify.