Food donations for those in need

Netti and Nikki from the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre.

By Emily-Rose Toohey

Stanthorpe-based Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre (GBNC) is holding its annual Winter Food Appeal to support individuals and families in need during the cold season.

GBNC provides support programs that focus on improving the well-being of those living in the Southern Downs, specifically the Granite Belt area, which includes its Food Support program.

Food donations from the community can be made at GBNC’s office, and GBNC manager Jenny Leigh said the appeal will be running until the end of July.

“Tinned food items are best for winter – tinned tomatoes, fruit, vegetable, etc.,” Jenny said.

“Every food box is worth $60 dollars, so please donate.

“It’s locals supporting locals and we’ll take whatever people can give – just one tin is a great gift and it lasts the longest.”

The appeal has been running for 13 years and Jenny said that anyone can get a box if they are in need – they should just make an appointment.

“GBNC is all volunteer and we collect food from the community, farmers, and Rotary Satellite,” she said.

“Even items we can’t use we’ll make a use for – it will often go to the high schools for their Breaky Club.”

During winter, the housing and homelessness crises often come to light and in terms of people struggling to access food, Jenny said this is a peak time.

“We delivered 40 food boxes a week on average last year,” she said.

“One box can be a bit of a saving for people, especially in emergency situations.

“It’s about having a broader conversation there and then when people come in for help.”

Donations can be made at the Granite Belt Neighbourhood Centre’s office, 8 Corundum Street, and those seeking support can contact the service at (07) 4681 3777.