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Forward-thinking initiative to help those in need
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine
Forward-thinking initiative to help those in need

Pay it forward incentive

A new initiative to supply meals to struggling Mornington residents is taking off. Pay It Forward is an initiative of the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre and Main Street Mornington, and allows customers to buy a $10 voucher from food businesses that in turn supply a meal for people doing it tough.

“It was a spur-of-the-moment idea initially aimed at hospitality venues who are open during the day for takeaway,” says Alex Levy, from the Mornington Chamber of Commerce.

“Basically, the community can buy a $10 voucher to support hospitality who will then supply a meal for locals in need. Since commencing I have had night-time restaurants reach out to me as well as some retail, so I’m opening it up to all. It may have to look a little different for the ‘non-hospo’ businesses as the aim is to provide meals for our local community in need.”

So how does it work? Alex has been dropping off $10 vouchers to cafes for customers to buy. The business keeps the cards, and on September 14 each business will tally up the number of cards sold and work out how many meals they can supply with that amount of money. “I will liaise with each business and decide upon a date to collect the meals,” Alex says. “We then deliver the meals to the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre (for distribution) to the locals in need. It’s a fabulous way to literally support local.

“Last week I had requests from a few locals who live in Mount Martha and technically couldn’t travel due to 5km restrictions, so we started one in Mount Martha too.”

Any businesses wanting to take part or get further information are invited to email Alex at

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