Anglicare’s Mobile Community Pantry is going from strength to strength with the opening of its 13th delivery site in Sydney. So far the mobile pantry has provided 2,000 bags of groceries to low income families. For a donation of $10, local residents holding a Pension, Health Care or Immigration Card can choose a bag full of groceries from available stock which would normally cost between $50-$60.
The Pantry gives people back a sense of dignity, and lets them focus on something other than where their next meal is coming from. They benefit from additional healthy food in their cupboard, as well as saving money. The money they save can go towards paying other necessities like rent, school excursions and bills.
Anglicare’s Mobile Community Pantry is the first in NSW. It runs in partnership with local churches and visits each site on a regular basis. Since it started earlier this year, more than 1,700 people have visited our designated sites. On each pantry day at least 20 local residents purchase a $10 bag of groceries worth $50-60. This makes an accumulated saving of more than $80,000 for the local community members.
In order to provide this service, Anglicare works in partnership with Foodbank which is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation. Foodbank works as a conduit between the food industries, charities, and the community groups who deliver the groceries.
You can see where our Mobile Community Pantry visits on our website www.anglicare.org.au/mobile-community-pantry