DOORS FINALLY CLOSE
Ended after three years of service
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.
CLOSED: Volunteers at Dalby FoodAssist on the final day.