FREMANTLE PCYC has been awarded a $100,000 grant as part of the Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 campaign.
Impact100 inspires at least 100 donors to contribute $1000 each, with the money put towards high- impact grants for local charities and projects.
The grant will go to the Fremantle PCYC breakfast club program, which provides food for up to 30 children between five and 12 years old.
Fremantle PCYC centre manager Julie Gorman said it was an amazing feeling to win.
“The pilot program has been incredible so far, seeing the shift in the children and young persons in their outlook and engagement,” she said.
“Not having food causes issues beyond hunger pains; embarrassment, fear, isolation are just some of the emotions experienced. We become their surrogate family, a hand to hold through confusion and neglect; ultimately, we help these children and young people be healthier, happier and safer by sharing the food on our table.”
Ms Gorman said the grant meant the pilot program could continue for two years.
“It will deliver 8000 meals to children and young people in Fremantle and surrounds,” she said.
“Long-term, it means this positive intervention in the lives of Fremantle children and young people will lead to better school attendances, which has remarkable flow-on benefits for not just the students but the broader community.”
Other finalists were Fremantle Community Men’s Shed, ICEA Foundation and Black Swan Health, who all received a $5000 grant.