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Mobile soup kitchen returns

CHOW LINE: The Five Loaves crew yesterday at Southern Cross University, from left, Pastor Keith Jackson of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and volunteers Lyndall Greenaway and Julie Jackson.
CHOW LINE: The Five Loaves crew yesterday at Southern Cross University, from left, Pastor Keith Jackson of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and volunteers Lyndall Greenaway and Julie Jackson. Jacklyn Wagner

FIVE Loaves mobile soup kitchen is back on the road for the year, and looking forward to more sharing, caring and giving.

The team behind it have not let the Five Loaves spirit die since the death of founder Darcy Goodwin last year.

In fact they've been working hard to keep Mr Goodwin's legacy alive.

The team have been operating their regular routes since Mr Goodwin's death, and on Tuesday had their first day serving at Southern Cross University for the year.

The pastor of the Lismore Seventh Day Adventist Church and Five Loaves committee member Keith Jackson said the day was very successful and about 100 students had a free meal.

"There was a great spirit of appreciation here today from the students we served," Pastor Jackson said.

The Five Loaves team have been serving at SCU for many years.

The management committee was formed after Darcy's death to help Arthur and Kara McCann, the new overseers of Five Loaves, continue the service and Mr Goodwin's good works.

Pastor Jackson said they were looking forward to the new year serving meals to people in the region and were aiming to meet the needs of SCU students will healthy options.

SCU pastoral care cordinator Robert Lingard said the university was very grateful to Five Loaves for the free meals it provided at SCU and thatthe new year could be very hard financially for students with textbooks to be bought, rent to be paid and other expenses.

Pastor Jackson said the church's op shop had played a huge role in helping to fund the van with fuel costs and the like, and they were very grateful for that.

He said they would welcome more community support from individuals or businesses who would like to contribute.

Mr and Mrs McCann said they were very grateful to the businesses which had provided them with food for the free meals, including Henry's Bakery, Goanna Bakery, Millers Baker, Breadcrumbs, Crusty's Bakehouse, Brumby's Bakery and Zen Sushi.

Topics:  charity, poverty, soup kitchen, volunteers


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