Sapphire Community Pantry Receives Generous Donations from Bega Valley Businesses | Bega District News

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Over the weekend of August 21 and 22, Bega’s Sapphire Community Pantry was able to prepare hot meals for the community thanks to a series of generous donations earlier in the week. Donations of excess fresh fruit and vegetables were received from Tathra Hotel, Tathra Bowling Club, Club Bega and a generous donation was sent from Perisher by the Sundeck Hotel during the week. “It was pretty exciting, you know, because accessing affordable fresh fruits and vegetables for organizations like ours is really difficult, because of the cost of transportation,” said Sapphire Community Pantry manager Selena Purdom. Ms Purdom said the pantry usually relied quite heavily on fruit and vegetables scavenged from local supermarkets, such as Coles and Woolworths, but it was a ‘special treat’ to receive the gift of high-quality food from these companies. The Sapphire Community Pantry encouraged people from all walks of life to come because “you don’t have to do the hard stuff to get into a store.” “No matter your socio-economic status, by shopping here you are helping us to continue to be open,” she said. READ ALSO: Locked-out restaurants donate surplus to support those in need in the Bega Valley Ms Purdom also said they were offering a more personal approach to customer service, interacting with their customers and giving people a chance to talk and catch up while shopping. “I think during the COVID shutdowns, the customer service and the social side of coming to the pantry to shop is really valuable to a lot of people, who just don’t have as much interaction anymore,” he said. she declared. The Sapphire Community Food Pantry is also grateful for the consistent and ongoing support of local donors, the donations made by the Sapphire Life Opportunities Community Food Pantry in Merimbula and all the hard work of their volunteers. “We have a pool of around 40 volunteers who do different tasks between the pantry and the mobile pantries, without them we wouldn’t be open,” she said. The Sapphire Community Pantry is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday until 4 p.m. It is located at 2 Peden Street Bega and is open to everyone. READ ALSO: Bega Valley businesses support food donation program – Nourish and Flourish


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