STONE FREE: Owner of Nimbin Stoned Fish, Justin Smith, pictured with Peta Johnson of Nimbin making a donation. Mr Smith is offering suspended meals at his cafe.
STONE FREE: Owner of Nimbin Stoned Fish, Justin Smith, pictured with Peta Johnson of Nimbin making a donation. Mr Smith is offering suspended meals at his cafe. Doug Eaton

Suspended coffee idea evolves

WITH the idea of suspended coffee getting under way on the Northern Rivers, two takeaway stores are now offering suspended food.

If you set foot inside the Nimbin Stoned Fish you'll spot a piece of paper on the wall behind the counter covered with numbers and scribbles.

This is the key to the suspended food system, said owner Justin Smith.

The piece of paper displays a tally of suspended food bought and suspended food consumed.

Mr Smith has been running the system for about two weeks after he saw the idea of suspended coffee on Facebook.

"I thought, why not," he said.

However, he said, he couldn't do it without the help of the public.

"I said I'd do it, but it takes someone to walk in and buy food for it to work," Mr Smith said.

"It relies on people's goodwill really."

Over in Lismore at Big Rob's, owner Robert Bou-Hamdan has gotten on board with the charitable system.

He'd said he'd been trying to get it up and running over the past few weeks, but had come up against some problems, such as drunken revellers attempting to take advantage of the scheme .

"They're always asking for free food because they're drunk and silly," he laughed, saying other problems included trying to decipher who really is in need of a free feed.

He said in the end they'd decided to go ahead with it, and that it was what he called a triple win: a win for the person buying, a feel-good win for himself as the facilitator, and a win for the person consuming.

"I'm just glad it's happening. I think everyone should do it," Big Rob said.

He said if the suspended food that had been purchased wasn't being consumed he would donate it to a local charity that feeds people in Lismore.



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