During Anti-Poverty Week the inner West is supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s ‘Cost of a Coffee’ appeal.

From the 16 – 22 October, Vinnies NSW is calling on coffee lovers, while ordering their favourite beverage, to donate the cost of that coffee to help improve the lives of those living in poverty.

Just a few of the participating cafes in Rozelle are: Bellingen Gelato, Labancz Patisserie, Rosebud, Tamp Expresso, The Local Bar. Balmain’s Raul’s Hub, the Little Big Café, new to Norton St Leichhardt, and Pig & Pastry on Petersham Park are also collecting money.

Across Australia over 2.5 million people are living below the poverty line, struggling to make ends meet. Every night over 100,000 people experiencing homelessness are sleeping in unsuitable conditions. Sadly these numbers are growing.

“Homelessness and poverty isn’t just about those who are visibly struggling on the streets, it also affects women fleeing domestic violence and living in hostels, children whose parents are living in a car, those suffering from ongoing health problems, and many more,” explains Vinnies NSW CEO Jack de Groot.

“I encourage everyone to visit local participating coffee shops and donate, as the cost of just one coffee fix could feed someone struggling to afford basics like a nutritious dinner.”

If 10 people donate, this could provide an hour of counselling to a woman fleeing an abusive relationship with nothing to her name.

So many people can be helped… for the cost of a coffee.

To share your support, take a photo of your coffee in front of this poster and #forthecostofacoffee or tag @vinniesnsw

Media contact: Phyllis Sakinofsky | Phyllis.sakinofsky@vinnies.org.au | 0417 446 430