New food bank opens for region’s poorest
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.