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Food bank helping needy families

Generation Rescue Revival Centre food bank co-ordinator Kristina Ibbotson with a centre hamper.
Generation Rescue Revival Centre food bank co-ordinator Kristina Ibbotson with a centre hamper. Sarah Harvey

AN Ipswich food bank has expanded its range to provide better support for needy families.

The Generation Rescue Revival Centre food bank offers $15, $20 and $30 hampers.

Annual membership is just $5 each, and hampers include a range of essential grocery and household items.

Revival Centre co-ordinator Kristina Ibbotson said the Darling Street facility had gone from strength to strength since its launch in June.

“We’re pretty busy most of the time when it comes to the op-shop and food bank,” she said.

“They’re probably our two biggest services and they’re very much needed in the community.

“People are telling us this is what Ipswich has needed for some time now, and they’re really impressed with what we offer.”

Ms Ibbotson said the food bank continued to evolve.

She said it offered discounted food, cleaning products and grocery lines donated by supermarkets and other businesses across Ipswich.

“Our range changes all the time and we’ve been getting great feedback,” Ms Ibbotson said.

“People are really impressed with what they’re getting and we’ve started the new hampers to cater for different needs.

“We found a lot of people coming in didn’t really want to buy a big hamper, they just needed something to tide them over for a few days.

“With that in mind, we’ve got a $15 starter hamper with your basic food needs, a $20 medium-size hamper that will last a couple of days and a big $30 hamper for families.”

Generation Rescue Revival Centre is open daily at 1 Darling Street, Ipswich.

It offers a free youth space, drop-in centre, friendship groups, revival meetings, creative arts, drama and music teams and community workshops.

The food bank is open from 9am-3pm Tuesday to Friday and 9am-noon on Saturday. For details call 3282 8494 or visit www.generationrescuerevivalcentre.org.


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