Pantry welcomes extra set of wheels
DONATED food will be delivered fresher and faster with South Burnett Pantry's latest addition.
The community group, who provides hot meals and low cost food to hundreds of people across the South Burnett, have a new truck to assist with their services.
General manager Jim Bennett said the refrigerated truck will allow them to properly transport meat and milk.
"With the refrigerated truck we can bring more up and we can keep everything fresher,” he said.
This truck, which was previously used to transport flowers, is safer for the older volunteers who would often transport large eskies with food back and forth.
"In the past we've had about 30 eskies go down and ice, and our workforce is getting older and our loads are getting bigger,” Mr Bennett said.
South Burnett Pantry received a Federal Government stronger communities $20,000 grant towards the truck.
"Which is half of what the truck is costing us,” he said.
The group were able to make up the remainder of the funding with community donations and fundraising.
Maranoa member David Littleproud said the grant had to go towards projects delivering benefits to the community.
"The South Burnett Pantry has helped hundreds of people across our community for more than six years by providing free food, affordable clothing and connecting people with welfare services,” he said.
They also offer free breakfasts to 14 different South Burnett schools to provide sustenance and nutrition to maximise learning.
The group had previously been hiring trucks to get any donated produce to the pantry in Kingaroy, ready for distribution.
The truck would do a trip to Brisbane every week to get stock from the Food Bank and Oz Harvest, as well as a trip to the Kingaroy Aldi and Anderson's Fruit Market.
The pantry's volunteers would also drive out into the community a couple of days a week to either drop off donations, or pick up donations from generous farmers and businesses.
"That's probably going to increase now that we have the capacity,” Mr Bennett said.
The truck will allow the South Burnett Pantry to take up offers of furniture donations for their thrift shop.
"A lot of people want to give us furniture, and we have a lot of people after furniture and they can't get it to us or get it home, so hopefully we'll be able to help with those sorts of things,” he said.