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Detpak’s Donation to Hutt St Centre
September 6, 2021
The Detpak team was proud to continue our tradition of supporting the communities in which we operate, donating a suite of packaging from our Eco-Products® range and face masks from Detmold Medical to Adelaide-based Hutt St Centre.
Founded in 1954, Hutt St Centre is a place of connection and support, where people facing homelessness are empowered to rebuild their lives, rediscover their identities and reunite with those who love them.
Serving up to 40,000 breakfasts and lunches each year to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in South Australia – Hutt St Centre found a way to provide meals even during a pandemic.
Hutt St Centre’s Chef, Peter says the donation from Detpak couldn’t come at a better time because sustainable packaging is becoming more difficult to source during the pandemic.
“With current COVID restrictions, we’re able to provide sit-down meals as well as takeaway food packs for people experiencing homelessness.
“If restrictions change, we need to be ready to shift from sit-down dining to a full takeaway meal service at a moment’s notice. But we don’t want to compromise our commitment to sustainability.
“This generous donation from Detpak ensures people experiencing homelessness can enjoy fresh, nutritious meals out of packaging for real change.
“Having two young kids at home makes me very conscious of our impact on the environment.
“In my role as Kitchen Manager at Hutt St Centre, I’ve been focused on improving our sustainability through recycling and eco-friendly packaging.
“It’s a simple change that makes a big difference for the environment,” Peter said.
“This generous donation from Detpak ensures people experiencing homelessness can enjoy fresh, nutritious meals out of packaging for real change."
Hutt St Centre's Chef Peter
During South Australia’s last lockdown in July 2021, an average of 80 people per day sought support from Hutt St Centre, including a noticeable increase in new people.
Often people experiencing homelessness don’t have the financial means or confidence to go shopping, particularly in a lockdown environment.
Meals and food packs were delivered to Hutt St Centre’s Aspire program participants who were able to access temporary emergency hotel accommodation made available during the lockdown.
The Centre’s Case Managers and kitchen team, including a group of dedicated volunteers, worked tirelessly to ensure there was something suitable for every person in emergency accommodation needing a meal and food supplies, including extra meals.
Hutt St Centre is able to remain open and supporting people experiencing homelessness in South Australia, including during lockdowns, due to the community’s generosity through donations and fundraising.
“We don’t want to any person experiencing homelessness to go hungry, and Detpak’s donation means we’re ready to respond in the event of further COVID restrictions in South Australia.”
Hutt St Centre's Chef Peter
“Detpak has also provided us with a generous supply of face masks to ensure our clients can continue safely accessing our services. This means we can focus our resources where they’re needed most – supporting people facing homelessness to rebuild their lives," said Peter.
The Detpak team was proud to support Hutt St Centre with a donation of items from our Eco-Products® range, and face masks from Detmold Medical.
The work that the Hutt St Centre do in supporting vulnerable South Australians is immensely important.
And their commitment to source and use sustainable packaging is commendable.
We introduced Eco-Products from Detpak as a plant-based takeaway packaging solution, inspired by the need to minimise our environmental footprint and deliver change for good.
Learn more about Eco-Products® and how you can make one BIG small change.
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