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DCM Bulletin - Appreciation and Policy

DCM Bulletin - Appreciation and Policy

Wednesday 27 April

The cupboards at Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) are looking much better than they did this time last week, thanks to the kindness of our community.

DCM received both financial and food donations from the public for our foodbank, and we are encouraged by the response.

“It is really gratifiying to get such a positive response to our need for assistance. It is disappointing that we need to continue to make increased requests for food, and the requirement for this seems to be more frequent,” says Kevin McCormack, chairperson of the DCM board.

Under the present government there have been many policy changes which have seen all sectors of the community having to tighten their spending, but these have hit low income earners and beneficiaries the hardest.

“People in the social services sector have always held out hope that ‘the foodbank industry’ would become a thing of the past, so it is deeply disappointing to observe an increase in foodbank use,” says Stephanie McIntyre, director of DCM.


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