Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love For Freedom?
The New York Times

Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love For Freedom?

"Many Australians see overreach all around them. There is little scientific evidence to support curfews, and Australia’s lockdowns have exacted a heavy and unequal toll. Rosanna Barbero, who runs a community organization in Western Sydney, cited the long-term costs: families with many children and only one computer for remote schooling; small-business owners drowning in debt. “It’s so much easier to follow the lockdown rules if you’re in a position of privilege and comfort,” Ms. Barbero said. “There’s a gender element, a race element, and there’s a class element.” But even she said that while more help was needed, the lockdowns were worth enduring."
‘You’re not made to feel like a beggar’: the local heroes helping the hungry
The Guardian

‘You’re not made to feel like a beggar’: the local heroes helping the hungry

"At the Addi Road Community Organisation in Sydney’s Marrickville, the demand for food relief has also spiked since June. With the LGAs of concern in south-west and western Sydney locked down longer and harder than the rest of the city, food insecurity has only worsened as the weeks have dragged on. Each week, around 300 volunteers can be found packing groceries, pantry items and personal care supplies into hampers inside a community hall, ready to be distributed all over Sydney, but particularly to the south-west and western LGAs. Pallets heaped high line the carpark, bound for various communities: Fijian, Aboriginal, Sudanese. Addi Road’s food pantry opens every day at midday, allowing around 2,000 people per week to choose their food. “The pantry is the height of dignity,” says the chief executive, Rosanna Barbero. “You get to choose what you want, you’re not made to feel like you’re a beggar or a problem. You can even get treats for your kids like ice-cream. Everyone’s kids deserve treats.” "
‘It all comes from his mother’: the surprising force behind Bryan Brown
Good Weekend

‘It all comes from his mother’: the surprising force behind Bryan Brown

“Brown!” says ex-Socceroo Craig Foster, who also volunteers at Addison Road, in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Marrickville. “I’m sorry I introduced him! I thought he was this half-unemployed, laid-back Aussie bloke; it turns out he’s the uber volunteer. I thought I was quite accomplished and he’s just blown me out of the water. He’s got grocery assembly lines, he’s got packing routines: he’s so good they’ve made him a sticker: ‘Bryan Brown Neat Packing Approved’. They love him! I’m never taking him anywhere ever again.”
Behind the charity effort to help COVID cases in Sydney hotspots
The Sydney Morning Herald

Behind the charity effort to help COVID cases in Sydney hotspots

Every day, Canterbury-Bankstown councillor Bilal El-Hayek gets in the car with Amer Yassine, a volunteer with Lighthouse Community Support, and drives around south-west Sydney delivering hampers of food and hygiene products to households. Some families might be isolating, some have COVID-19, and others are struggling financially.
Feeding Families During Lockdown
7 NEWS

Feeding Families During Lockdown

Feeding the family has become harder than ever as COVID-19 continues to hit household budgets. The Australian Army is now lending a hand to charities and community organisations, as they join efforts to ensure that no-one goes hungry.
Sydney food charity builds lockdown ‘war map’
The Saturday Paper

Sydney food charity builds lockdown ‘war map’

In a community centre in Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west, thousands of food hampers are being packed for people impoverished by the Covid-19 lockdown. Each day come more calls for help, and the response grows more elaborate.
Channel 10 at Addi Road Food Relief Hub with Coles and Second Bite
10 News

Channel 10 at Addi Road Food Relief Hub with Coles and Second Bite

"The City of Sydney has teamed up with Coles and food rescue group SecondBite to ensure pantry staples make it to our most vulnerable residents. The hampers will be distributed by grassroots organisations, including Addi Road in Marrickville, which is already giving out 2000 hampers a week, with demand climbing due to Covid."
Hunger heroes unite as food demand soars in NSW
The Daily Telegraph

Hunger heroes unite as food demand soars in NSW

Produce rescue organisations, local governments and a major supermarket chain have united to help out dedicated community groups dealing with a demand for food relief packages that is growing by 20 per cent each week since the Delta outbreak. Last week, Addi Road Community Organisation packed and delivered 1200 food hampers across NSW and expect that number to double in the next 10 days. “We’ve been doing food aid for a long time, and pre-Covid we already started to notice an increase in food insecurity,” Addi Road CEO Rosanna Barbero said.
How Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown is dividing the city
ABC

How Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown is dividing the city

Elena Bermeister has just turned 40. As she stands in a supermarket trying to choose which birthday cake to buy herself, it's not a question of flavours but rather, which one can she afford? It's something many Sydneysiders may never need to consider, even as the Harbour City hurtles towards two-months in an economically devastating lockdown.
Addi Road’s 2021 Food Relief efforts covered on 10 News First
10 News

Addi Road’s 2021 Food Relief efforts covered on 10 News First

An army of volunteers step up at Addi Road and across Sydney to help meet surging demand for food relief hampers.
Former Socceroo Craig Foster’s mission to deliver ‘Hampers of Hope’ this Christmas
Seven News

Former Socceroo Craig Foster’s mission to deliver ‘Hampers of Hope’ this Christmas

The holiday season is supposed to be a fun and festive time spent with friends and family, but for those doing it tough, it can be the total opposite. That’s why former Socceroo Craig Foster and the Addison Road Community Organisation, are creating 1000 ‘Hampers of Hope’ filled with groceries and goods. The baskets will be delivered to those less fortunate - including international students, victims of domestic violence, the homeless, casual workers who have been left vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and more – to show them they’re cared for this Christmas. Sunrise star Sam Mac spent Tuesday morning with Foster and Addison Road’s incredible team of volunteers as they packed the hampers to hear how you can help.

Seven Sunrise broadcasts from Addi Road

The holiday season is supposed to be a fun and festive time spent with friends and family, but for those doing it tough, it can be the total opposite. That’s why former Socceroo Craig Foster and the Addison Road Community Organisation, are creating 1000 ‘Hampers of Hope’ filled with groceries and goods. The baskets will be delivered to those less fortunate - including international students, victims of domestic violence, the homeless, casual workers who have been left vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and more – to show them they’re cared for this Christmas. Sunrise star Sam Mac spent Tuesday morning with Foster and Addison Road’s incredible team of volunteers as they packed the hampers to hear how you can help.
Hope delivers at Addi Road
Channel 7

Hope delivers at Addi Road

Chef Neil Perry prepares meals each week for Addi Road to distribute to the local community who have fallen through the cracks of the Covid economic crisis.\
France 24 visits Addi Road to speak to International Students affected by Covid
France24

France 24 visits Addi Road to speak to International Students affected by Covid

This week the International news agency FRANCE 24 visited Addi Road to meet with International students who have been severly affected by the Covid pandemic.
Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One Series 2020 – Craig Foster
ABC Radio

Barrie Cassidy’s One Plus One Series 2020 – Craig Foster

How NSW coronavirus shutdown left Daniel Cortez homeless and starving
ABC News

How NSW coronavirus shutdown left Daniel Cortez homeless and starving

The day after he lost his job, Peru closed its borders and there are no commercial flights operating for him to get back.
Hampers to Support the Muslim Community This Ramadan
2SER Radio

Hampers to Support the Muslim Community This Ramadan

The 21st of May marked the end of Ramadan, a Holy month in the Muslim calendar marked by packed Mosques and evening feasts with family. Between social isolation restrictions and food price hikes, COVID-19 dramatically impacted how Ramadan was celebrated this year. In Marrickville, the Addison Road Community Centre Organisation or Addi Road, quickly transformed a local hall into a food deployment operation to help those struggling through Ramadan. We joined by Rosanna Barbero, CEO of Addison Road Community Centre Organisation.
National Volunteer Week shows volunteering as important as ever
SBS Radio

National Volunteer Week shows volunteering as important as ever

Volunteers have remained on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be packaging food for those in need, or checking in on the vulnerable.
Coronavirus lockdown leaves international tourists stranded in Australia
ABC News

Coronavirus lockdown leaves international tourists stranded in Australia

"At a time like this — an unprecedented health crisis — we don't make a distinction between a citizen or a non-citizen, everybody is in need," ARCCO chief executive Rosanna Barbero said.
Helping with hampers during Ramadan
SBS News

Helping with hampers during Ramadan

@sbsnews_au story on the amazing work at Lakemba Mosque yesterday helping vulnerable people with food hampers and bringing communities together for one another in a demonstration of true Australian values of fairness, inclusion, acceptance and shared humanity.