DOORS FI­NALLY CLOSE

Ended after three years of ser­vice

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle

DALBY Food As­sist has closed its doors for the fi­nal time on Fri­day af­ter­noon, but the vol­un­teers who have worked there for nearly three years be­lieve this is not the fi­nal chap­ter.

A rise in rent and the cost of food is be­ing la­belled the rea­son the non-for-profit group has need to close down.

For the last three years, the Food As­sist has sold food ham­pers, fur­ni­ture and other goods to low-in­come house­holds.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was based in Dalby but stretched across the Western Downs to pro­vide its ser­vices.

The group made a trip once a week to Roma, Chin­chilla, Miles and Wan­doan. Even with just hours left of trad­ing, loyal cus­tomers were still en­ter­ing the store to pur­chase food ham­pers.

Tanya Car­roll from Food As­sist Dalby, said it was a sad day but it was not the end of the road for the vol­un­teer group.

“I am hope­ful we can get some sort of fi­nance down the track and get some­thing back up and run­ning again,” she said.

“This is my life and I love what we have done and I will be look­ing for other op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

“If we can get some­thing up, we will.” Ms Car­roll thanked Coles, Cul­bert Meats, South Side Meats and Mer­ritts Bak­ery for sup­port­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I want to give a mas­sive thank you to all of those peo­ple who sup­ported us over the years,” she said.

“Of course all of the vol­un­teers have been amaz­ing, and they said they would be back if we can get some­thing up.

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOYLE

CLOSED: Vol­un­teers at Dalby FoodAs­sist on the fi­nal day.

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