HOMELESSNESS and increasing hardship on the Mornington Peninsula have prompted a south eastern food charity to expand services to the peninsula.
Langwarrin-based Sikh Volunteers Australia has started a food run in Hastings, providing prepared meals every Sunday from the Fred Smith reserve car park between 1pm and 2pm.
Jaswinder Singh said the charity had recognised the need for support on the peninsula and that it was part of the Sikh philosophy to help people in need.
He said the first Sunday in Hastings three weeks ago saw around 40 meals provided, but that had almost doubled every weekend since.
“We are proud to do what we can to relieve distress in all communities,” he said.
Sikh Volunteers Australia vans have become a familiar sight in recent years and times of crisis, providing vegetarian meals to people in need across the country.
Singh said the organisation cooked, packed and delivered around 140,000 meals a year across the state.