Demand on Ballina charity surges as local battlers struggle
THERE is a Ballina business that has increased its customer base tenfold in just over a year - and that's both good and bad news.
The good news is the cheap goods this business provides are available in Ballina, but the bad news is that the increase in patronage shows just how many local people are doing it tough financially.
Food From Life, which comes under the wing of the church-based charity LifeCare 24, opened in February last year, and now is open five days a week at its Tamar St shop.
It offers brand-name groceries from as little as 20c, with the food collected from supermarket donations to the Food Bank in Brisbane.
Chris and Paul Burrows were established the shop that offers cheap groceries and free produce to eligible low-income earners.
Ms Burrows said about 200 people registered when the shop first opened, and now there were 2048.
The shop at 83 Tamar St, is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to noon.
Ms Burrows said they were looking for financial help to cover growing transport costs. Phone 0431 630 900.