In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Adelaide Venue Management (AVM), operators of the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Coopers Stadium, will repurpose their venues and make use of their commercial kitchens to make meals for organisations including Meals on Wheels.
The initiative will keep about 60 people in jobs that may otherwise be on JobSeeker payments.
Foodbank SA will use their refrigerated vehicles to collect meals from AVM and transport them to Meals on Wheels SA’s main distribution points.
“This a fantastic example of a South Australian organisation stepping up to help the community at this unprecedented time,” said Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink.
“We know community catering organisations like Meals on Wheels are experiencing a huge spike in demand for their nutritious food delivery services as people, particularly vulnerable South Australians, self-isolate at home to stay safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19.
“Not only is Adelaide Venue Management contributing tens of thousands of meals to the community at this time, their innovation is enabling dozens of staff to remain in jobs – and that’s great news.”
From this month, Adelaide Venue Management will provide up to 18,000 three-course meals each week to help Meals on Wheels SA bridge their supply gap.
Adelaide Venue Management CEO Anthony Kirchner said they a responsibility to support the local community and make the best use of its resources.
“Across our venues, we have access to some of the biggest kitchens in the state, along with a highly trained team, who are at the ready to assist South Australians in important ways,” he said.
“We are reaching out to various companies and community groups where we have identified a possible need to see if we can lend them a hand in these challenging times.
“We’ll transition back to our regular business activities when the appropriate time comes, but for now we’re focused on repurposing our venues to support the community and look after the wellbeing of our employees.”
Meals on Wheels SA CEO Sharyn Broer said they had seen a 250 per cent increase in new customer registrations in the past two weeks.
“This will help relieve some of the pressure on Meals on Wheels volunteers who are already doing an amazing job but are facing a state-wide increase in demand for our services,” he said.