Gunnedah Food Pantry helps those in need

FOOD PANTRY: Carolyn Marquett and Maree Roach are volunteers at the Seventh Day Adventist Church food pantry in Gunnedah.
FOOD PANTRY: Carolyn Marquett and Maree Roach are volunteers at the Seventh Day Adventist Church food pantry in Gunnedah.

A food pantry has opened in Gunnedah to provide a resource for families struggling financially.

A mission of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Gunnedah, the  Food Pantry is aligned with Foodbank Australia to sell products that are out of specification, close to date, have incorrect labelling or damaged packaging, as well as excess stock and deleted lines.

The service has been open for a number of weeks and sells non-perishable items at discounted prices, such as canned vegetables and fruit, biscuits, chips, sweets, home care products, baby formula and nappies.

Some fresh fruit and vegetables are available.

The shelves are restocked weekly and people have been lined up at the door at opening since the pantry’s inception.

Church volunteer Maree Roach said Foodbank Australia distributes surplus food from supermarkets to charities and community groups across Australia to support families and individuals in need.

Without Foodbank accessing this food, most of it would go to landfill.

“Our church in Coonabarabran and Quirindi have been running food pantries and we saw a need for it in Gunnedah,” Mrs Roach said.

“It is run and managed by church volunteers and is targeted at people struggling financially.

“We are able to sell the items at greatly reduced prices.

“People are able to save money on food and put it towards ever-increasing electricity prices or other bills.”

The Gunnedah Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 147 Barber Street, Gunnedah.