FILLING BELLIES: Lt. Chris Ford at the food bank. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
FILLING BELLIES: Lt. Chris Ford at the food bank. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

Gladstone food bank busier as Easter nears

THE Gladstone Salvation Army's food bank program is up and running and chock-a-block full of fresh produce to give out to those who need it most.

For Lieutenant Chris Ford it was a no brainer to create a sustainable program which will provide food to put in the bellies of locals doing it tough.

With workers losing their jobs and the general downturn in the local economy, Mr Ford said issues with debt meant that more people were going hungry.

"The whole idea is to assess people locally and work out what's best for them," he said.

"95% of the people who come in ask for food.

"So we use the food bank to treat the symptom and then we can assess them to see what works best and try to fix the cause of their problem," he said.

After months of hard work Mr Ford successfully applied to SecondBite and will now receive "rescued food" from Coles supermarkets three days a week.

With more and more people coming through the Salvo's doors Mr Ford said the program had gotten off to a positive start.

"In the first week we had 30 people, last week we had 45 and I think it's safe to say we're going to exceed that this week," he said.

"The main thing to address is giving the support for people when they need it most."

The food bank program is not a free for all and for those struggling to fulfil one of life's most basic needs, you need to attend the Salvation Army on Goondoon St to be assessed.



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