Salvo's say a spike in "desperate people" changes focus

Chris and Kay Ford with Miriam and Peter Sutcliffe at Gladstone Salvation Army Family Reunion Picnic.
Chris and Kay Ford with Miriam and Peter Sutcliffe at Gladstone Salvation Army Family Reunion Picnic. Declan Cooley

SALVATION Army Gladstone's Lieutenant Chris Ford thinks he may have found the solution to help meet one of people's most basic needs - getting something to eat.

He said that since the economic downturn in Gladstone he had seen a spike in the number of "desperate people" in town and hoped to set up a food bank next year to help alleviate some of the pressure felt by those doing it tough.

"People's problems and circumstances vary but we're always having to weigh up trying to meet the immediate needs of people like food or debt relief against longer term goals like jobs for people," he said.

The food bank would function like a normal shop but prices would be significantly cheaper.

"For example, if you wanted to buy a litre of milk at the food bank it might only cost you twenty cents," he said.

"But the idea is not to have someone coming in and constantly taking food. The modal we find would have to be sustainable."

Chris said he hadn't decided on what food bank modal would best suite Gladstone just yet but he was thinking along the lines of implementing a membership system which would entitle only those who truly deserved it to shop at the food bank.

"We could go out and just purchase the food ourselves but that's not something we think is sustainable over time," he said.

"Ideally we would like to work with the support of businesses in the community which would mean most of the products for the food bank would be given in kind."

Topics:  charity salvation army

Charity ball makes $120K school bus dream come true: Video

COMMUNITY: A sea of people turn out to support Rosella Park School.

A SHOW of community spirit has seen a local school collect $120k

Thousands frock up for Ferguson Park's Cox Plate Day: Photos

Ruan Bimrose, Hollie Bimrose, Stephanie Burns and Sarah Meesham at the Ferguson Park races

See who was out for a punt at Ferguson Park for the Cox Plate Day

BREAKING: Car crashes into power pole in Gladstone

A driver has crashed their small Kia into a pole outside Hungry Jacks.

A CAR has crashed into a pole outside Hungry Jacks at Gladstone.

Local Partners

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

Push to sell homes that flooded Gladstone's market

Suburban housing in Glenvale, Toowoomba, Friday, October 17, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

URGENT push to cash-up first home buyers investing in Gladstone.

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.