Foundation donates food truck
THE number of people in the Tweed who are doing it tough and require assistance is increasing.
In the past that number was mostly made up of unemployed people, however, in recent times more and more employed residents are struggling financially and are seeking help.
The Vibe Church in Tweed Heads has come up with a way to provide some much-needed assistance and every week the church's volunteers hand out food to those in need.
The food comes from the Brisbane-based Foodbank which is supported by Coles and Woolworths and offers support organisations the opportunity to collect large amounts of fruit, vegetables and other foods for distribution to struggling families and individuals.
For this purpose, the Vibe Church acquired a truck some 12 months ago, however, in recent days the truck has been playing up.
A lack of refrigeration also meant the truck was unable to transport perishables, thereby, significantly limiting the choice of food on offer to people requiring assistance.
Pastor David Nahi said when Twin Towns Services Community Foundation representative Bryan Brown visited the distribution centre in Tweed Heads, he asked Pastor Nahi what the foundation could do to help.
Pastor Nahi said "I thought I'd be bold and ask for a new truck".
Last Sunday, the foundation presented Vibe Church with a new refrigerated truck worth around $100,000.
Receiving the new truck meant the church could offer fresh fruit and vegetables as well as items it could not provide before such as yoghurt and ice cream, to around 200 needy families every week.
Volunteer and truck driver Rob Newlands said he drove to Brisbane to pick up food two to three times a week and the new truck allowed him to do so efficiently and reliably.
Pastor Nahi said people receiving a Centrelink allowance, who are on a pension or can show they are truly doing it tough, qualified for the service.
"Our mission is to save people some money and make their lives a little bit easier," Pastor Nahi said.