Feeding the masses
IN AN unprecedented act of charity, Victory Care's Tribe of Judah motorcycle club will be giving away 10 tonne of food to people on Saturday - free.
The club is playing Santa, relying on a truck instead of a sleigh ahead of arriving in Gympie yesterday with stacks of food, including fresh fruit and veggies, meat and bakery products, for distribution to the people in time for Christmas.
Never before has this level of generosity been seen in Gympie. A load of food was picked up from Brisbane and delivered to the Barter St depot for Saturday's mass distribution.
These motorcycle enthusiasts are a ministry arm of Victory Church and have been operating a food charity from their Barter St depot under the name of Victory Care Services for a number of months.
In an unprecedented act of charity never seen in Gympie, they have decided to give away all stock, as well as a new delivery of fresh produce free in time for Christmas.
It is free to everyone they say, no matter what their income.
While hampers full of quality food are sold daily for $25 each - a quarter of the price one would pay at the supermarket - Saturday will be "help yourself day".
It almost sounds unbelievable that anyone can grab a bag and help themselves to a wide selection of produce.
From dairy and packaged food to cans of soft drink, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry available, this is offer sounds too good to be true.
But Victory Church community pastor and Tribe of Judah president, Kevin Dailly, says it's a fair dinkum offer too good to refuse.
The food is sourced from the Food Bank in Brisbane and various other suppliers.
One member has organised his work roster to get every Friday off so he can make the trip to Brisbane and pick up the food each week.
Anyone who is struggling to meet the rising costs of living is eligible to purchase a $25 food hamper.
Not only will it ease the budget burden, every $25 goes towards feeding less fortunate families and individuals free.
A devout Christian, Mr Dailly had a vision to start a food service in Gympie to help the community - anyone who was struggling.
The scheme took a couple of years to get going, but now it is up and running and in gratitude for community support, will be giving away a mountain of food free on Saturday from 9am at 1 Barter St.