SOUTH-WEST people living below the poverty line will be hit hardest by the coronavirus as charities begin closing some of their services.
Each morning Anglicare Victoria volunteers hand out care packages of a piece of fruit, a snack and a drink for vulnerable people who otherwise might not get a decent meal for the day.
"The reality is some people don't have a home," community development coordinator for Anglicare Victoria South West Louise Serra said.
"The reality is they can't stay home because they don't have one."
On Tuesday The Standard reported weekly hot lunches provided by the Uniting Church would stop.
The weekly soup kitchen provided by volunteers at St Joseph's Church has stopped serving disadvantaged and isolated people and Rotary Daybreak's weekly showers and barbecue at Shipwreck Bay Holiday Park have ceased.
Warrnambool Salvation Army administration manager Chris Philpot said the charity was expecting to see more people needing help.
He said the community breakfast on a Thursday morning would trial offering takeaway meals.
The Fostercare Op Shop, Warrnambool Lifeline Op Shop and Red Cross Op Shop have also closed. The Salvation Army Warrnambool Thrift shop remains open.
Ms Serra said the economic impacts of coronavirus would mean there would be people needing support who never thought they would need it.
"It's a tough space. There will be people who've never needed to be supported. There will be people struggling and having to access support for the first time," she said.
"This is a confidential and respectful space. If you come here you will be well supported. We'll deal with it as it evolves."
Ms Serra said coronavirus had put Anglicare in a unique situation.
She said 95 per cent of its programs were run by volunteers and a lot of them had been excluded from duty because they were over 70 or had underlying health concerns.
Ms Serra said they were still managing to keep the centre open but she urged anyone who could help distribute emergency food relief packages to get in touch.
She said it planned to streamline the process for volunteers who had a police and working with children check.
She said helpers needed to be under 70 and in good health.
"The emergency relief centre is still running," she said.
"People can be reassured we are following all medical directions.
"We've been providing food relief for 20 years this year. It's for people who are in difficult financial situations.
"We also have a limited number of prescription vouchers. All our support can be tailored to the individual."
Ms Serra said the charity had also been well supported by its business partners with regular donations.
"It's very much appreciated," she said.
"And we hope to be able to continue."
Those needing food packages can contact the emergency relief number on 0437 531 997.
Ms Serra said an appointment would then be made and people could pick up their food packages without coming into direct contact with others.
Anyone wanting to volunteer should call Ms Serra on 0458 750 351.