DIFFERENCE: Salvation Army manager Alan Jones and resident Vicki Foster are grateful for SecondBite's donations.
DIFFERENCE: Salvation Army manager Alan Jones and resident Vicki Foster are grateful for SecondBite's donations. Liana Walker

Helping hand for local residents in need

STANTHORPE resident Vicki Foster knows just how hard it can be getting through the week.

She relies on the age pension to make ends meet, but going through chemotherapy means she has to buy her own food and not share with her daughter whom she lives with.

Luckily a new partnership between the Salvation Army and SecondBite means she can fill a bag of groceries for free each week.

"It comes in very, very handy,” Mrs Foster said.

"It's pretty hard sometimes especially when you're paying rent.”

Each Thursday from 11am the store at 49 Maryland St will have shelves full of baked goods and fresh produce donated from Coles to SecondBite.

Last Thursday residents in need filled up on 30 large bags full of baked goods.

Store manager Alan Jones said there was a large variety of different people taking advantage of the free food.

"Hunger doesn't discriminate, it doesn't matter what race you are or where you're from, if you're hungry, you're hungry.”

Mr Jones said anyone was welcome to come in and take what they needed.

"We just want to help people as much as we can, it's just putting food on the table.”

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