Matt’s Place Powers On With Kinetic
31 July 2023 Hits:0
DEMAND for a thriving Bayside community meals program will continue to be met after a Melbourne public transport operator signed up to support Matt’s Place.
Kinetic, which operates a third of Melbourne’s bus network, is now a major sponsor of Bayside Community Care’s twice-weekly meal program.
General manager Sandra Cavallo said the support from Kinetic is a key step to ensuring Matt’s Place continues to help those in need.
“We are seeing the impact of rising housing costs, rental shortages and increasing financial pressures,” Ms Cavallo said.
“Homelessness is becoming a reality for some individuals who are unable to make ends meet, while families are going without the essentials needed to stay happy and healthy.
“Partnering with Kinetic will ensure we continue to meet these needs.”
Matt’s Place has seen a 51 percent increase in attendance in the June quarter compared to the same time last year.
Demand for food relief hampers also spiked at 60 percent for the March quarter.
Kinetic is the first private sector partner for Matt’s Place.
Kinetic regional manager VIC/TAS/NSW Graham Smith said supporting the program was an important way to help make a difference.
“We are here to improve the livelihoods of the communities we serve and that goes beyond just delivering bus services. It also extends to supporting programs like Matt’s Place that are creating a real and positive impact in local communities.
“Through the partnership, we’ll support people who may be doing it tough and the incredible work of an army of volunteers who are making a difference one meal at a time.”
Kinetic is Australasia’s largest bus operator with a network of 5000 buses and a team of more than 7,300 people operating urban, regional, and school, charter and corporate and aviation services including SkyBus.
Bayside Community Care relies on government grants, church donations, and community group support to continue. Find out more here.