28 May 2020
Parliament produced 3,500 meals for OzHarvest as part of its food support program in March and April, made possible due to COVID-19 practices and the cancellation of all events at Parliament House.
While many staff worked remotely, Catering maintained its normal rosters to produce meals for collection and distribution by the food rescue charity. Meals included Thai red chicken and rice, chilli con carne, honey soy sesame chicken, meatballs and pasta, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Over Easter the Catering team also produced 36 dozen hot cross buns.
Legislative Council President Hon Kate Doust MLC said, ‘As many Western Australian people face difficult and uncertain times, we have been pleased to be able to assist those charities who are helping the most vulnerable.’
Meals were distributed to a range of charities, including emergency food relief providers, crisis centres, youth drop-in centres, transitional living facilities for people mental health issues, assisted housing for elderly and vulnerable people.
Hon Peter Watson MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, said, ‘Our Parliamentary Catering team is professional and committed and their enthusiasm for the OzHarvest program has been amazing.’
While the Parliament’s food support program has been suspended with the resumption of Parliamentary sittings, Parliament continues its partnership with OzHarvest to provide excess food for distribution.
Jennifer Keen, WA State Manager at OzHarvest told Parliament, ‘The ongoing support of the Parliament House team has truly made a difference’.