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This week, OzHarvest will be providing fresh produce and healthy meals for international students. Source: Greg Wood/ AFP

International students in Adelaide, South Australia in need of food relief can now check out the OzHarvest Mobile Market.

The initiative will be trialled at various locations starting this week to provide international students facing hardship with free groceries, fresh produce, and ready-made meals.

OzHarvest, a national food-rescue organisation, has supported over a thousand charitable organisations around Australia daily with fresh and healthy food relief. It is now extending their support to international students hit by the pandemic.

According to a statement, the OzHarvest team along with volunteers from Insider Guides and the StudyAdelaide and Student Ambassadors will be delivering hampers and individual food items at a few pick-up points.

The exact details are as follows:

  • Flinders University Hub Plaza — Monday June 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • TAFE SA Regency Campus Carpark — Tuesday June 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Hindmarsh Square Adelaide – Southwest Corner —  Tuesday June 30, 3 to 4 p.m. and Friday July 3, 3 to 4 p.m.
  • UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus — Wednesday July 1, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Many international students study in Adelaide where they work part-time jobs to supplement their income.

Earlier this year, an International Student Support Package was announced for those residing in Adelaide that provided emergency funding. Several students, however, are still struggling to make ends meet and are unable to return to their home countries with travel bans still in place.

Lyndall Vandenberg, OzHarvest’s SA State Manager said, “This collaboration is all about true community spirit, where three important local organisations are working together to help and support vulnerable international students in South Australia. We are incredibly proud to be able to initiate this project to try and alleviate some of that stress.”

“While our bright, yellow food rescue vans continue to provide daily food relief to local charities supporting people in need, the Mobile Market is a temporary extension of this assistance. The food items selected for students to use are highly nutritious, staple items such as tinned tomatoes, pasta and, baked beans as well as an assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Over 750 students are expected to receive food relief from OzHarvest this week. For more information, please visit the website.

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