Community pantry opens in Mullum – The Echo
Residents can now get quality groceries for considerably less than the cost of buying them at the supermarket, after the Mullumbimby Neighborhood Center opened a new community pantry.
The service, which is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, offers a wide variety of dry goods and other basic household items, and requires nothing more than a $ 2 annual registration fee.
It stores basic products such as bread, milk, rice and preserves, as well as hygiene products and detergents.
Prices are up to 50% cheaper than those charged by large local supermarkets, and the service is available to all members of the local community, whether or not they are receiving social assistance.
Service coordinator Katie Tweedie said staff decided to open the pantry after the number of clients with access to food assistance at the center increased dramatically.
“Since COVID-19, the numbers have exploded,” Ms. Tweedie said.
“There’s a whole range of people doing this hard.
“We have a lot of working poor in and around the city.
“Just because you have a job doesn’t mean you have a lot of money left at the end of the week after paying your rent and other expenses.”
The pantry’s stock comes from the Food Bank – a Sydney-based charity that collects quality and surplus food and then supplies it to nonprofits and charities across the country.
Ms. Tweedie pointed out that the pantry products were not only cheap but of high quality.
“There’s nothing in the pantry that I wouldn’t feed my family,” she says.
“Nothing is out of date and I do my best to make sure all stock is of the highest quality.
“It’s about the dignity of the people who come in.”
The center is also looking to set up an online ordering service, so customers can order and pay online, then pick up their items at a convenient time.