Group delivers food bill relief
INCREASES in the cost of living are stretching some Gympie families’ budgets to the limit but a new way to get cheap groceries may help people through hard economic times.
Lighthouse Calvary Care delivered their first shipment of low-cost groceries to Gympie last Friday, all because of local woman Bev Schultz.
For $25 customers received three grocery packages, two boxes of food and one of frozen items.
The actual value of the food is more than $100.
Mrs Schultz saw a report on Channel 7’s Today Tonight show about Lighthouse Calvary Care and wondered if they could come to Gympie with their cheap groceries.
She got her husband Glenn to look up the organisation on the internet and from there she contacted Lighthouse founder Ron Hill.
“I asked Ron if they could come to Gympie to help the people here,” Mrs Schultz said.
“He said sure as long as you get a minimum of 15 orders.
“We got 97 orders in under two weeks, it was a huge success.”
Lighthouse Calvary sources their groceries from major supermarket chains.
All the food is approaching its used-by date but still edible.
Mrs Schultz said the food is not suitable to stock the pantry with because of its short expiry date.
She added contents of the grocery packages are dependant on the availability of stock.
“The food parcels help take the pressure off families if they have bills coming in,” Mrs Schultz said.
The next shipment of food will come in on November 5. If people would like to order a grocery parcel visit the $2Shop at 148 Mary Street to pay $25 and book their groceries.
Mrs Schultz asked people to be patient at the next food drop.
“Last time was a bit chaotic, we are still learning and ask people to be patient with us,” Mrs Schultz said.
The group is also on the hunt for a bigger shed to store groceries all the time.