A $1.6 million government funding boost to relief organisations, NGOs and charities will ensure vulnerable South Australians can put food on the table, pay their bills and get access to financial counselling services.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said “Vulnerable South Australians, including families on low and fixed incomes, may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and this $1.6 million government funding boost will be used to provide immediate relief to them."

“Under the current challenges we’re facing, the government is committed to working with our organisations that provide critical services to South Australians to ensure they have the information and the support they need.”

The funding will be provided over the next three months and includes:

  • An additional $500,000 for the food relief sector, including $200,000 to Foodbank and $300,000 to other food relief charities including Oz Harvest, Secondbite and Meals on Wheels SA. This will ensure food can continue to be available for those who need it and enable more food hampers, as well as cooked and frozen meals, to be delivered to vulnerable South Australians who are doing the right thing and self-isolating.
  • $800,000 provided to charities and NGOs including Baptist Care SA, Uniting Country SA, Anglicare and Junction Australia so they can give emergency relief to vulnerable South Australians, including supermarket and pharmacy vouchers and help with cost-of living pressures.
  • $185,000 to the Salvation Army, who provide the Affordable SA Helpline and National Debt Helpline SA branch and  $144,000 to existing providers within the Statewide Financial Counselling Program. South Australians experiencing financial difficulties at this time have access to the support and help they need, whether that be counselling by phone or online.

National Debt Helpline: 1800 007 007

Affordable SA Helpline: 1800 025 539