Posted by Lyn Kneale
The Rotary Club of Canterbury reached out to us and fellow RC's in our cluster to help distribute their FORaMEAL food packs.
Canterbury had some 120,000 packs that they normally would send to S.E Asian countries affected by natural disasters.
However, the RC of Canterbury saw fit to distribute these packs to those in our local community during these difficult times.
The FORaMEAL packs include oats, lentils and rice. One can then add their choice of vegetables/sauces etc.  Each pack serves 5 people.
Our Community Services helped distribute some of these meals to Camcare and the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army Camberwell then distributed them to their Ashburton and Ashwood branches.
Lyn Kneale

60,000FORaMEALS Delivered Locally
(Rotary Downunder)
As an initiative of the RC of Canterbuury the FORaMEAL project was initially designed to help those across the Asia Pacific region, an area prone to natural disasters annually.
The idea was to create simple meal packs that could be stored on location and distributed immediately after a disaster has occurred. The packs are formulated to contain a mixture of rice, lentils, vitamins & minerals and can feed between 5 and 6 people.
The FORaMEAL packing project has been a great success across District 9800.  Packing events at District Conferences have also been a great success, with 30,000-40,000 produced in a short space of time.
This year, the RC of Canterbury decided to redirect its FORaMEAL effort to help the vulnerable during Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne, with the aim of providing 100,000 nutritious meals to vulnerable Victorians.
Working with other clubs including the RC of Glenferrie the RC of Canterbury – as of September 25 – delivered 85,884 meals to various organisations across the state. 
For further information contact President of RC of Canterbury Tony Laycock.