Portuguese speakers get groceries, shopping card boost to ease battle

SEVENTY young Portuguese speakers struggling to cope during the Covid pandemic, have received groceries and a $100 shopping card boost thanks to the generosity of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools Inc based in Dulwich Hill.

The program was supported by the NSW Government and Multicultural NSW under the Covid 19 Community Support Program.
The Federation is grateful to Woolworths coming on board for the provision of additional shopping cards.
The President of the Federation, Lucia Johns, said: “Many of these young people are hidden victims of the pandemic. Their financial situation has become exceedingly difficult as a lot of casual work around the city dries up.
“As a Brazilian-born Australian, I have a particular affinity with the Portuguese speakers, who are mostly natives of Brazil, and I am therefore able to hear their concerns very clearly.
“The fact that dozens of young people turned up very early at our office to seek assistance tells me they have a great need for support.
“We hope to be able to extend our help to other language groups with the support of the NSW Government and Multicultural NSW.”
Acting Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans, Dr Geoff Lee, thanked the Federation for providing “much-needed support to people experiencing hardship” and for “going above and beyond in this unprecedented time”.