Tweed needs a big pantry
BANORA Point pensioner Terri Bradley thinks the Tweed has a big enough heart to support her idea of a charitable supermarket where the needy can get food for free.
The single-aged pensioner, who set up a weekly charitable food stall for pensioners in Tweed Heads more than a year ago, believes in these tough times the “haves could do more to support the have-nots”.
“I have noticed a change in the people who are coming to the food stall and every week 30 to 50 people are coming to us to help put some extra food in their pantry,” she said.
“Only last week we had a single mum come up to us and say that she had to move out of her home with little notice, with her four young boys.
“They were staying at a motel, but because she's on a pension and had to pay for accommodation she didn't have enough money to feed her boys.
“We normally help aged pensioners, but I gave her a couple of loaves of bread and any tinned items that she could open and feed to her kids.”
With the global financial crisis leading to increased unemployment and homelessness on the Tweed, as well as a large ageing population, Ms Bradley said there was a greater need for a food pantry.
“Everyone is doing it tough at the moment, but when you are trying to survive on a pension or government handouts it's even harder, which is why I feel their is a need for a permanent charitable food pantry to be set up on the Tweed.”
Captain Deborah Robinson, from the Tweed Heads Salvation Army Centre in Banora Point, said she would be happy to discuss the idea with Ms Bradley and agreed a food pantry would be useful in supporting the Tweed's needy.
The Salvation Army gives food vouchers and non-perishable items to low-income earners from its Leisure Drive facility on Monday and Fridays and its Murwillumbah store on Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 1pm.
To contact Ms Bradley phone 0414 376 057.