‘Aussie legend’ offers HUNDREDS of free meals for ‘people who can’t put food on the table’ during stage four lockdown in Melbourne
- A selfless Melbourne mum has cooked hundreds of meals for those in need
- Liana Duric, a volunteer cook, offered the leftover food to any ‘struggling’ locals
- She encouraged anyone in southwest Melbourne to message her for a meal
- Ms Duric offerred chicken casserole, pasta bolognese and vegetable frittata
- She said charity organisations could make deliveries as essential workers
A selfless Melbourne mum has cooked hundreds of free meals for people doing it tough in stage four lockdown.
Liana Duric, a volunteer cook for local charities, offered to provide leftover food to anyone in need in south-east Melbourne.
Ms Duric said the meals were available ‘for anyone struggling to put food on the table’ in her local area, Carrum Downs.
Volunteer cook Liana Duric (pictured) has made hundreds of free meals for those in need and offered them to anyone ‘struggling’ in Melbourne’s stage four lockdown
Ms Duric said she was based in Carrum Downs, southeast Melbourne, and encouraged locals to pick up a meal under caregiving guidelines
The cook offered chicken casserole, pasta bolognese and vegetable frittata(pictured)
‘With stage four restrictions now in place for Melbourne Metro, it’s more important now than ever before to know that so much help and assistance is available,’ she said.
‘Especially from charity groups and many people like me who volunteer to cook meals for people experiencing hardships.’
She made a post showcasing her range of meals including chicken casserole, pasta bolognese, vegetable frittata and corned beef casserole on rice.
‘Do not be embarrassed to ask for help. We are all struggling but some more than others,’ Ms Duric said.
She urged Melburnians to send her a message and explained all the meals were labelled with ingredients and microwave reheating instructions.
‘Your privacy is assured so please reach out to me if you need meals,’ she said.
‘Stay safe and know that there are people who are looking out for you.’
The volunteer cook made a post on Facebook urging residents to ‘reach out’ for a free meal
Ms Duric said she was providing the free food (pictured) as ‘it’s more important now than ever before to know that so much help and assistance is available’
The mother also explained charities fall into the category of essential workers and caregivers and can travel outside the 5km exclusion zone and the 8pm to 5am curfew doesn’t apply.
‘So charities can deliver to you,’ she said.
Ms Duric warned those who wished to pick up meals they must stay within their 5km radius and observe curfew restrictions.
Other Facebook users commended the ‘Aussie legend’ for her generous act.
‘What a lovely thing to do for those in need,’ one commenter said.
Ms Duric explained charity organisations fell into the category of essential workers and could travel outside the 5km lockdown radius to deliver meals (pasta bolognese pictured)
Another meal on offer was a corned beef and vegetable casserole on rice (pictured)
‘So generous and kind. It’s lovely seeing this kind of support for people.’
‘Wow, you truly are a good and caring human,’ another user wrote.
Victoria recorded 439 new coronavirus cases and 11 new deaths in the past 24-hour period.
Melbourne’s stage four lockdown, which began on Sunday, forced schools to close and residents limited to shopping and exercising within 5km of their homes.
A handful of essential businesses including supermarkets, petrol stations and pharmacies will remain open for the next six weeks of restrictions.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also announced further enforcement measures on Tuesday.
Under the Andrews Government’s new rules, COVID-19 patients are banned from exercising outdoors and Melbourne residents who repeatedly fail to self-isolate face fines of almost $5,000.
WHAT MELBOURNE’S STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU
State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issued, only $1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 5am except for work, medical, caregiving – no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home
Exercise: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5km away
Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day
Cafes and restaurants stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc
Schools: All students learning from home from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare close on Thursday (same exceptions apply)
Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one
Weddings: Completely banned
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and cancelled late at night
Community sport: All community sport across Victoria is now banned. Only exercise is allowed within the permitted public gathering limits of two people.