The Cowra Food Hall has celebrated six years of service in the Cowra community but what’s behind its success and longevity?
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Volunteer Kim Withers said it was simple, people believe the Food Hall is worthwhile and an asset to the community.
“People from all backgrounds donate what they can, volunteer when and where they can,” she said.
“The support and involvement of Foodbank NSW/ACT, local businesses, organisations, and community groups means the Food Hall exists.”
Ms Withers has thanked all involved.
“The last six years has been most enjoyable for all at the Food Hall, we learn so much about how to provide the best service to meet community need,” she said.
“There are too many to thank individually so from all clients and volunteers thank you to everyone who assists the Food Hall, your kindness and generosity is much appreciated and really makes a difference in the lives of many.”
“CWA has put together a display about donating items to the Food Hall, Cowra Neighbourhood Centre is a drop off point for donations of food and also does many photocopying jobs for us.”
“Council photocopies order forms and keep us up to date with any suitable grant opportunities. Cowra Tourist Information Centre sells our handmade pocket teddies which helps us purchase more food items.”
“Supermarkets Aldi, Coles, Woolworths donate items weekly and Woolworths donates bacon and rolls for our egg and bacon roll morning.”
“Lex and Darren care for the kitchen garden beds which means an extra supply of fresh vegetables for Friday morning clients and Riverside Fruit looks for the best fruit and vegetable prices and delivers these weekly.”
“Cowra Uniting Church provides us with, air conditioning, extra food items, volunteers and they provide the hall, cover gas, electricity and water costs and oversee the finances.”
“Community Chest allows us to give out information about who can use the service and attract more volunteers,” she said.
So what plans does the Food Hall have for the future?
“To keep improving the quality of food, source more food in our local area, have more volunteers growing vegetables, encourage clients to grow vegetables for their own use, develop stronger links with other organisations and promote social inclusion for all,” Ms Withers said.
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