Jesuit Social Services General Manager – Western Sydney Dave Hammond with Haberfield Parish priest, Fr Phillip Zadro

This year, four Sydney Catholic parishes have partnered with Jesuit Social Services’ Ignite Food Store, inviting us to share our story during the Mass and asking parishioners to donate food and financial assistance.

The parishes of Our Lady of the Way North Sydney, St Joan of Arc Haberfield, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Mosman and Holy Name of Mary Hunters Hill have collectively donated over $72,195 in financial donations as well as provided thousands of food items to the Ignite Store.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of these communities, not only with food and money but particularly in regards to the genuine concern and interest so many expressed for the communities we work in. So many people offered ongoing help and support; all of which gave us a real sense that we are supported by communities of justice.

Mount Druitt is among the three per cent of most disadvantaged areas in New South Wales. The region has high unemployment rates and low levels of education attainment. The Ignite Food Store relies on the support of generous partners and donations. With this support, we are able to provide low cost, healthy, fresh food to low income families within the community so they can meet their day to
day needs.

Dave Hammond, General Manager in Western Sydney says “This practical and financial support is absolutely critical to be able to maintain work in the area. We are grateful to partner with parishes who support us in our work. We look forward to continuing these special relationships into the future.”