A second foodbank for Byron Shire
A SECOND foodbank for Byron Shire is to open at the Mullumbimby Uniting Church as soon as approval is received from the charity's Sydney head office.
Mullumbimby Food Pantry co-ordinator Gill Lomath, who volunteers with the church's monthly soup kitchen, said there was a huge need for the service.
They are modelling it on the Lismore Regional Mission Food Pantry at the local Uniting Church which has 500 registered members and helps about 50 families each week.
She said they wanted to make it an inviting social day with people able to enjoy a cup of tea and coffee and a chat when they pick up their groceries.
It will be the fourth Foodbank in the Northern Rivers, with services also at Pottsville and Byron Bay.
Sydney Foodbank was founded in 1992 by philanthropist Charles Scarf who was inspired by the work of Second Harvest in the US.
Foodbank was operated by the St Vincent de Paul Society until 1995 when it was incorporated.
The charity supplies over 360 welfare and charitable agencies across NSW and the ACT by co-ordinating the collection of food and grocery products that for minor reasons are not salable.
The organisation distributed 24,000 tonnes of food last year.