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A bite to eat and a bit of community support

READY TO COOK: BaptistCare community development worker Lyn Prentice in the new trailer to be used for serving food at StreetCare Photo Cathryn McLauchlan / The Northern Star
READY TO COOK: BaptistCare community development worker Lyn Prentice in the new trailer to be used for serving food at StreetCare Photo Cathryn McLauchlan / The Northern Star Cathryn Mclauchlan

EVERY fortnight in Goonellabah you can enjoy a free BBQ dinner at the recently renovated Clifford Park as part of a community initiative called StreetCare.

Launching tonight, its focus will be to help people find connections in their community and to provide a meal for those doing it tough.

BaptistCare community development worker Lyn Prentice said the initiative has come about because of a lack of community engagement programs in Goonellabah.

"We knew of other services in the Lismore CBD and we thought it would be a good opportunity to focus on Goonellabah itself," she said.

"We're hoping to get a good response from that area ... and that people will just make it almost like a regular thing they can look forward to each week."

StreetCare is a BaptistCare program formed in partnership with Lismore Baptist Church.

Ms Prentice said she welcomed everyone to come along and enjoy a free meal.

"There's a lot of people who may be living in a town like this and who are a bit isolated, or just finding it hard to make ends meet, or just want to feel like they're part of the community," she said.

She also said there were volunteering opportunities available.

"We're open to people coming and volunteering to help, and organisations willing to donate food would be good," she said.

BaptistCare North West group manager Scott Pilgrim said one in ten NSW residents will need some form of food relief this year.

Judging on the success of the first few barbecues, StreetCare may become a weekly event.

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