Helping hands helping local communities

Coast Shelter, a charity based in Gosford, NSW, has been operating for over 25 years with the ultimate goal of ending homelessness on the Central Coast.

Sanitarium has partnered with Coast Shelter since 2004, and during that time, has contributed over $275,000 towards the community centre’s activities, particularly meal services and food hampers. Many of our employees regularly roll up their sleeves and volunteer their time to help Coast Shelter prepare and serve meals to people doing it tough.

Fiona Morrison, Executive Officer of Volunteering Central Coast (VCC) acknowledged the partnership between Coast Shelter and Sanitarium at the VCC's Annual Volunteering Awards 2020, naming Sanitarium 'Corporate Volunteer of the Year'. 

“Committed and always punctual, the Sanitarium team turn up once a month to cook and serve a delicious and healthy lunch, which is highly valued by Coast Shelters’ vulnerable patrons,” Morrison said.

“The rotating Sanitarium volunteering teams are not expert cooks, but employees who genuinely want to assist without recognition. Sanitarium volunteers make the most sustainable difference through their long term support and service.

“Throughout the year, donated food from Sanitarium has helped fill Coast Shelter’s pantries and used for meal preparation or put into hampers that were given out to those in need." 

In March, for the first time in 27 years of operation, Coast Shelter ran out of donated food as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Fortunately, due to their shared relationship, Sanitarium stepped up again as a vital lifeline by donating much needed extra pallets of food during this time of crisis," Morrison said.

"Through volunteering, Sanitarium has forged a strong and lasting partnership with Coast Shelter, for which we are most appreciative."

Our employees love volunteering at Coast Shelter and seeing the healthy food that we make at Berkeley Vale benefitting vulnerable members of the Central Coast community. Thank you Coast Shelter for helping us help others.
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