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Charities big and small hit hard by coronavirus crisis

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They’re among the most at risk in these troubled times, but the older Aussies volunteering at the Pathway Pantry northeast of Adelaide are still volunteering to feed 200 people a day.

They're among the most at risk in these troubled times, but the older Aussies volunteering at the Pathway Pantry northeast of Adelaide are still volunteering to feed 200 people a day.

But the Modbury North charity is struggling as staples are wiped off supermarket shelves.

"Normally we're collecting about two tonnes of food a day, but right now we're down to under half of that," John Flack from Pathways said.

Now, the charity is calling on community help to refill the pantry.

"Rice, pasta, pasta sauce, any non-perishable stuff," Mr Flack said.

The coronavirus crisis is hitting charities all the way through from small to large.

Foodbank's volunteer numbers have almost halved.

"In fact, one of our food hubs, where we require six volunteers a day, we actually ran with no volunteers the other day," Foodbank's Greg Pattinson said. And demand is skyrocketing.

"Our poor receptionist here is being inundated with phone calls so if there's anybody out there that's got call centre experience, please put your hand up," Mr Pattinson said.

Ronald McDonald House and Cancer Council SA say money is drying up as fundraising events are cancelled.

The Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul are facing similar issues.

"Because of the drop in fundraising, we're having a lot less funding that we can actually use to provide people with the assistance they need," Louise Miller Frost from St Vincent's said.

And while it might seem tough to part ways with any money right now, the charities say even a dollar donation can go a long way.

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"We hope that for the people who are donating, if they need us in the future, we'll be there for them as well," Ms Miller Frost said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-charities-volunteers-fundraising-hit-by-covid-19-crisis/a21bef83-2fcc-42ea-acea-8f83baa36fa2

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