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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




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