Canowindra Food Basket is appealing to those who are struggling to utilise their services, especially during August, traditionally the worst winter month.
Coordinator Lyn Rasmussen reminds residents that their team is very discreet. “We provide for low-income earners, pensioners and those who can’t afford groceries,” she said.
The not for profit organisation purchases fresh food and staples from the Food Bank in Sydney that comes at very low prices, ideal for those who are struggling.
Food Basket offers a diverse range of groceries every Friday, well below retail prices. Basic selections cost $10, $15 or $20, depending on the volume.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, photos and grocery lists have been posted on their Facebook page every Wednesday to pre-order from.
“A lot of people are too embarrassed to come in. So we do offer to deliver in Canowindra,” Lyn said.
There are about 570 registered subscribers who utilise the services. Customers also come from areas such as Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Mandurama, Koorawatha and further to buy groceries.
The original idea to host such a body came from the Uniting Church to offer a service to the community 12 years ago this October. The group acts as its own body separate from the Church. “St Vincent de Paul does help out by offering financial support,” Lyn said.
If people shop at least six times during the year they get a Christmas hamper for free.
The organisation has managed to keep going through the COVID-19 pandemic, except for a brief pause last week.
COVIDsafe rules apply during shopping in the Church hall on Blatchford Street from 9:30am every Friday.