Food vouchers now only available at Red Cross pop-up hubs

QUEENSLANDERS affected by Cyclone Marcia can access Red Cross support and recovery information at numerous locations this week.

Our teams of specialist staff and volunteers will be at the following venues for all or part of this week:

• Temporary pop-up hubs - in Keppel Sands at the Larcome Memorial Hall (Tuesday 24 March from 10am to 5pm) and in Rockhampton at the Water Reid Centre (Monday 23 March from 9am to 5pm)

• Fixed locations - at the Government's Community recovery referral and information centres at 11 Archer St in Rockhampton and at 12 James St in Yeppoon. These centres are open Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Red Cross teams will also be on the road across the hinterland conducting community outreach and visiting people in need of extra support.

As from today the food vouchers, which Red Cross has been distributing on behalf of the Government, will only be available through the pop-up hubs.

Distribution of vouchers will end on March 30. 

The vouchers, which can be used to buy food, water, nappies and other basic essentials, are for eligible people lost power for seven days and are suffering hardship.

The vouchers are for $200 for each individual, up to a maximum of $1,000 per household.

Living through a disaster, no matter its scale, can leave people emotionally and physically exhausted.

"People can be left running on empty, feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed by the task of getting back on their feet - and it's vital you reach out for help if you need it," says Australian Red Cross Queensland Executive Director Kevin Keeffe.

Red Cross also has free recovery resources, including resources specifically for children, on its website at

"You can help minimise the impact of a crisis by looking after yourself. Remember to take time out for yourself, do things you enjoy, spend time with family and friends, and reach out if you need support," he says.

"Remember there's no time limit on recovery, it can take months, it can even take years, and that's okay."

Red Cross teams have been on the ground since Cyclone Marcia hit, and will continue to be there as long as they are needed.

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