New food bank opens for re­gion’s poor­est

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MUN­DUB­BERA’S New Life church has launched a new food bank ini­tia­tive to help feed peo­ple in the re­gion who need an ex­tra help­ing hand.

Dubbed Life Care Mun­dub­bera, the new or­gan­i­sa­tion works on a mem­ber­ship ba­sis.

Pas­tor Al­lan Cow­burn said it cost peo­ple $25 to be­come a mem­ber of the food bank and then each ham­per was $25 ex­tra.

“The aim is to have the ham­per value at $100 or more,” Mr Cow­burn said.

“It’s for any­one in dire straits or needs.

“Those that are as­set rich but cash poor, those that don’t have enough food to put gro­ceries on the ta­ble.”

To qual­ify to be a mem­ber of the ini­tia­tive, po­ten­tial mem­bers have to go through a qual­i­fi­ca­tion process.

“If they have a health­care card, a pen­sion card, re­ceive Cen­tre­link, that qual­i­fies them,” Mr Cow­burn said.

“We as­sess ev­ery sit­u­a­tion and cir­cum­stance and look at in on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis.”

Mr Cow­burn said the ini­tia­tive, which launched re­cently, had al­ready at­tracted strong sup­port.

“We have 25 fam­i­lies signed up and have done about 30 ham­pers,” he said.

Food in the ham­pers in­cludes long-life milk, packet noo­dles, pasta, pasta sauce, crack­ers, baked beans and muesli bars among other things.

Lo­cal pro­duc­ers have also do­nated lo­cally grown fruit and veg­eta­bles.

“We try to use lo­cal pro­duce,” Mr Cow­burn said.

“A lot of lo­cals have do­nated food, whether it be fruit, veg­eta­bles, tinned food or fi­nances.

“The ser­vice is for lo­cals.”

Mr Cow­burn said they were able to pro­vide the food so cheaply by also buy­ing food be­low re­tail and whole­sale prices.

“I also utilise the re­sources of another church that do a food pantry in Been­leigh,” he said.

The food bank op­er­ates at the New Life Cen­tre on Thurs­day from 10am.

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