Check out todays (Thurs 16th Jan 2014) edition of the Manly Daily and find an article on our foodcare project:
Picture: VIRGINIA YOUNG Customer Laurie Armstrong and Foodcare organiser Mike Irving with volunteers at the new Dee Why shop.
"A DISCOUNT food service for low-income earners has had more than 110 people register in its first few months, showing the many needy residents in the area.
Grace City Church at Dee Why has opened its Grace City Community Foodcare shop in what was previously a cafe on Pittwater Rd. The volunteer service, funded by the church, sells discounted groceries to concession holders and those referred by welfare agencies. Grace City Care director Mike Irving said they aimed to help those people forgotten among the beaches’ reputation for affluence.
“There are so many people under the surface of the beaches who are struggling,” he said.
“These are the people we often aren’t thinking about.”
The church buys food from national non-profit organisation Foodbank, and resells it to the needy. Mr Irving said prices were about half that of retail. Local businesses also provide goods, and the service provides vegetables free.
One beneficiary has been Dee Why resident Laurie Armstrong. The pensioner receives rental assistance after experiencing what he said were difficult times in his life, but the service has eased the pressure. He has also enjoyed the companionship of having tea with volunteers.
“I feel I’m not here for charity, I’m here for good vibes,” he said. “Everyone is so welcoming and makes you feel important.”
The service is open Wednesday mornings and is looking for more donations."