The Ulan Coal Charitable Workers Project this year was to distribute hampers to those people in the local community disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19.
The hampers - packaged by volunteers from across the Ulan Coal complex - included enough food to feed a family for a weekend.
Ulan Coal Mines secured a grant for the Ulan Coal Charitable Workers Project from the Glencore Global Community Fund which was designed to support local communities facing the challenges arising from the pandemic.
Contraction of the local employment market and self-isolation requirements in the Mid-Western Region, following the restrictions imposed by the Australian Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, limited the ability for people to access food supplies, particularly those who are elderly, vulnerable or disadvantaged.
Ulan Coal Mines engaged local charities, Barnardos Australia and We Care Community Shop, to distribute the hampers amongst their community contacts and a number of hampers were able to be delivered on the day to recipients by Ulan Coal volunteers.
The hampers were well received by the local community, both charities reporting that their clients and their families were very grateful.
General manager, Charlie Allan, said that the project aims to give back to the community and in 2020 there was an apparent issue to address.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching effects for us all, particularly for the vulnerable and disadvantaged within our community," he said.
"For the Ulan Coal Charitable Workers Project, we were looking for ways to provide practical support to people, similar to drought relief initiatives we have done in the past. This project provided a way for our workforce to also be involved in helping the community."