Foodcare program gets underway

Lifegate Community Coordinator, Chris Clarke and Pastor David Reading at the Community Foodcare shop in Cooma. Photo: Tina Zunic.

Lifegate Community Coordinator, Chris Clarke and Pastor David Reading at the Community Foodcare shop in Cooma. Photo: Tina Zunic.

COOMA Lifegate Christian Church is proud to announce the start of the program, Community Foodcare in Cooma.

The program allows those with concession cards the access to affordable food.

Lifegate Community Coordinator, Chris Clarke, believes that Foodcare is a needed service in Cooma.

"We just really felt that it was a need in the town that wasn't really getting met," Mr Clarke said.

"We know that there are services that provide food vouchers, but we felt it needed to go beyond that."

For $2 members can sign up and access food hampers at an affordable cost.

Most items are pantry goods that simply have damaged packaging or are near their best before date.

Foodcare began at Bay City Church Arncliffe in Sydney in 2011.

They now run a partnership program which allows other churches to partner with them and use the Foodcare program.

"It's all been approved by Foodbank, in the way we distribute the food," Mr Clarke explained.

"As we cannot resell the food, we still need to cover expenses so that's why there is a service fee for hampers."

Local businesses have also been showing support by donating to the program.

"We've had some great support from Cooma Aldi and Sandy's Bakery," Mr Clarke said.

"We've also been in contact with other stores in Cooma and hope to get them involved."

Community Foodcare is open on Thursdays from 10am to 12.30pm at the Cooma Lifegate Christian Church.

"We are looking into running Foodcare on a Thursday evening for those who work but still need affordable food."

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