Anglicare’s Mobile Community Pantry has a new destination.
It has added Granville Anglican Church to the itinerary to help families struggling to make ends meet.
Low income earners with a pension, health care or immigration card can fill a bag of groceries worth $60 for just $10 on a fortnightly basis.
The mobile pantry began in February in four locations, including Dundas.
Since then, it has attracted 1720 visits, sold more than 2010 bags of groceries and saved low income households more than $80,400.
“Food security is a huge issue in western Sydney as there aren’t many low cost food options,” Anglicare service leader Teresa Clark said.
Staple grocery items are sourced from Foodbank.
“It costs $10 per person to restock the pantry. We couldn’t do it without Foodbank,” Mrs Clark said.
The Granville pantry will be run by church volunteers.
“As I look around, I see a lot of pensioners and new immigrants in the community,” church senior minister Reverend David Wong said.
“The pantry is a practical way of helping people stretch their budget.”
Expanding to more locations next year hasn’t been ruled out.
“We’re looking at the options as there’s definitely a need for it in the community,” Mrs Clark said.
- The mobile pantry is open 11.30am-12:30pm at Granville Anglican Church, 39 Jamieson Street every second Friday. The next one is this Friday.