Five Loaves mobile soup kitchen turns 18
By JANE GARDNER email@example.com DARCY GOODWIN has stood by his motto of 'feed the needy, not the greedy' for 18 years. The proprietor of the Five Loaves Mobile Soup Kitchen in Lismore is celebrating the charity service's birthday this month. Darcy says a handful of volunteers now deliver 52 parcels of food to needy families from Tenterfield to Mullumbimby every week. "The work never ceases and the pleasure never ends," he said. "Our work is a pleasure and never a problem. People might think we meet with problem people, but we don't. A little pleasantness always reaches across the abyss." The not-for-profit service now has two vans on the road, and a third awaiting registration, seven days a week. They deliver food parcels and furniture to families to help get them back on track and into the workforce. But now they are asking for some charity of their own. The service needs to raise funds to get its third vehicle on the road, and is desperate for shed space to house its furniture. Meanwhile, youth at risk of homelessness will continue to get the support they need after the Federal Government allocated $374,178 to the Northern Rivers Social Development Council's Reconnect program. The continuation of the outreach program was in limbo as its funding looked set to dry up on June 30. However, the government honoured its commitment to keep it going. Reconnect has been operating on the Northern Rivers since 1998 and has helped hundreds of young people and their families get their lives back on track. It is a Federal Government initiative that provides early intervention support to young people aged between 12 and 18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.