Yellow Van brings food and hope

Some 30 crates of fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and non perishable items were rescued from the local ALDI store by 'The Yellow Van' on Thursday and delivered to The Hub and Monaro Crisis Accommodation Service (MCAS).

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council is partnering with Communities @ Work to bring 'The Yellow Van' to Cooma and help those that need extra assistance.

Council's community services officer Kristy Harvey said there was a big demand for the food locally.

"The food that was delivered was distributed to individuals and families in need almost as quickly as it landed. Clearly, there is a huge need for this service in our community and we're really glad that the first delivery went so well," Ms Harvey said.

"We had a broad range of people accessing the service with young couples through to older single people and families ranging from single mums with one baby through to married parents with five or six kids. Unfortunately, a number of people missed out because the demand was just so high - a good indication that people need to arrive early to make sure there is food available."

Yellow Van Director Dave Burnet said there would probably never be enough food to completely fill the gap, and that this is also the case in the other areas where the Yellow Van delivers.

The service will be available on Thursdays from the Hub between 1.30pm and 3pm and MCAS from 2.30pm to 4pm.

The Yellow Van receives no government funding and will operate a three month trial, made possible by sponsorship from members of the Monaro Regional Housing Forum including Cooma Monaro Shire Council, MCAS, the YMCA, Southern Cross Community Housing, Workways, Mission Australia, CatholicCare, and the Assemblies of God Church.

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