Gracemere residents can get Red Cross food vouchers

AN Australian Red Cross team will be in Gracemere tomorrow, providing personal support and food vouchers to eligible people struggling in the wake of Cyclone Marcia.

Red Cross, at the request of the Queensland Government, is distributing vouchers which can be used to buy food, water, nappies and other basic essentials to those who lost power for seven days and are suffering hardship.

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

"We know that some people in the Gracemere area haven't yet had the opportunity to access the vouchers, so we are setting up a pop-up support centre at Gracemere Shoppingworld for one day," says Australian Red Cross Queensland Acting Executive Director Matthew Cox.

"People can come to the pop-up centre to apply for the food vouchers and also get information, advice and support about recovering from a disaster."

Eligible people need to complete an application form and provide Medicare cards to verify the number of people in their household, and also confirmation of their address with a driver's license or electricity account.

They will also need to provide authorisation to allow for the checking of Ergon records to confirm loss of power as well as sign a declaration to verify details.

Pop-up support centre

Where: Gracemere Shoppingworld, Corner of O'Shanesy St, McLaughlin St and Capricornia Highway.

When: Wednesday 18 March, 9am to 4pm

People can also call Red Cross' Cyclone Marcia call centre on 1800 733 111 for more information about the vouchers, as well as for other support and recovery advice. 



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