Families and individuals who are homeless, in crisis, struggling to put food on the table, or face the possibility of being alone this Christmas, are being encouraged to reach out for help and support during the holidays.
A number of community organisations, neighbourhood centres, charities and churches throughout Moreton Bay will be available to spread some Christmas cheer by providing food hampers, community meals and more to people in need.
Here is a full list of where you can go to for help this Christmas.
The list of services will continue to be updated as more information comes through.
Caboolture Community Care
In the lead up to Christmas, Caboolture Community Care will be putting together Christmas hampers, with a list to be compiled throughout November.
The centre will be open until December 21 and will continue doing their normal services assisting with food vouchers and other forms of emergency relief.
They will then reopen on January 8, 2024.
If you need assistance, phone 5495 6400 and press option 1, or visit the website.
Caboolture Community Care is located at 9 George St, Caboolture.
Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre
To help families who are struggling to make Christmas a special time for their family, the centre will be hosting a Family Fun Day on December 14. There will be lots of activities to entertain both kids and adults, as well as food.
Families can also drop into the centre and receive a free meal on Mondays from 5-6pm, with the last meal for the year being on December 11.
The Monday meal service will then resume on January 15, 2024.
The centre will be closed during the holiday period from December 22 and reopening on January 2, 2024.
For more information, phone 5495 3818 or visit the website.
The Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre is located at 9 George St, Caboolture.
ADRA Pine Rivers
Each week, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Pine Rivers distributes food hampers to families and individuals in need.
People who are struggling to buy groceries can collect a food parcel every Tuesday morning from 9am-12.30pm for $20.
In the hampers people will find items like cereals, canned goods, pasta, long-life milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as bread.
A pop-up op shop is also run on the premises which not only helps fund the food hampers, but also provides the community with affordable household items and other necessary supplies.
If you need assistance, phone 0491 694 698 or visit the website.
ADRA Pine Rivers is located at 337 Old Gympie Rd, Dakabin.
If you are in need of a cuppa and a chat with a friendly face, volunteers from Rosies can be found opposite the Caboolture Railway Station every Friday night from 8-10pm.
The Caboolture Railway Station is located on Matthew Tce, Caboolture.
For more information visit the Rosies website.
The Breakfast Club Redcliffe
In the lead up to Christmas, The Breakfast Club has partnered with The Salvation Army, Encircle, Redcliffe Uniting Church, City of Moreton Bay, Band of Brothers, Redcliffe Mums Inc, Emerge Church and Peace Christian Church to prepare hundreds of food hampers for people who are struggling to make ends meet.
Hampers will be given per household, and you must reside on either the Redcliffe Peninsula or Rothwell.
Those in need can register their interest by visiting the Redcliffe Community Care Network Facebook page and clicking on the links.
A free community breakfast will also be held on December 25 from 7am, which everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, phone 0467 811 380 or visit the website.
The Breakfast Club Redcliffe is located at the Clontarf Community Hall, 34 Cornelius St, Clontarf.
Deception Bay Baptist Church
Members from the Deception Bay Baptist Church can provide food parcels to those who are worried about feeding their family.
Office hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm.
The Deception Bay Baptist Church is located on the corner of Maine Tce and Silver St, Deception Bay.
Redcliffe Uniting Church
The Redcliffe Uniting Church is hosting a free lunch from 12-1.30pm for the lonely, disadvantaged and anyone who has fallen on hard times and would otherwise be on their own for Christmas Day.
The church is located at 1 Richens St, Redcliffe.
For more information, phone 3283 4066.
Axis Church, North Lakes
Ensuring that everyone can enjoy a meal at home on Christmas Day will be parishioners from Axis Church in North Lakes, who will be preparing, cooking and delivering meals to families in need on December 25.
People in need can phone the church on 3481 2921 and organise for a tasty and nutritious meal to be hand delivered.
The church is also doing a Christmas tree appeal where they are collecting gifts for children aged up to 12.
The church will be collecting donations until the beginning of December, with all the gifts then to be given to local chaplains in schools to hand out.
Axis Church is located at 1 Gardenia Parade, North Lakes.
Lighthouse Centre Deception Bay
The Lighthouse Centre at Deception Bay is an emergency food assistance charity that offers free food parcels to those in need.
Each hamper contains essential food items like canned and dry foods, as well as rice, pasta, pasta sauce, condiments and cereal (all subject to availability).
For those with the capability to cook, they also provide pre-cooked frozen meals (cooked in house) for people to take home with them.
They primarily service Deception Bay and immediate surrounds, however they will never turn anyone away if they are in need. There are no prerequisites to access their services.
The food parcel service operates Tuesday though to Friday from 10-11.30am.
They also run a low-cost Foodbarn to help those struggling to help their money go further by offering a range of fresh food, pantry staples and other household items at a reduced price. This is open Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-12pm.
They also have fresh bread and a range of fruit and vegetables (subject to availability) that they provide free to anyone who attends either to access their food parcels or Foodbarn,
The last day of trading for both the Foodbarn and food parcel service is Wednesday, December 20. The food parcel service will resume on January 16, and Foodbarn on January 17, 2024.
Lighthouse Centre Deception Bay is located at 8 Summer St, Deception Bay.
Phone 3204 0143 for more information.
The Youth Development Foundation
The team from the Youth Development Foundation in Strathpine will have $10 food parcels available to the community every Tuesday until December 5.
The food parcels will then resume in the new year on January 16, 2024.
Find them at Unit 9 and Unit 10, 454-458 Gympie Rd, Strathpine.
For more information, visit their website.
Get in touch
Do you know of any others who will be helping people in need this Christmas?
Send an email to journalist Ashleigh Howarth at [email protected] with all the details and she will add it to the list.
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