Putting food on the table for free (well, almost)

Volunteers Barbara and David Kerr (left and right) and Hornsby Connect President Steven Hopwood (centre) at the opening
Volunteers Barbara and David Kerr (left and right) and Hornsby Connect President Steven Hopwood (centre) at the opening

When you can’t afford to feed your family let alone yourself, life seems harsh and unfair. With that terrible dilemma in mind, Hornsby Connect has opened its doors to help locals doing it tough.

For a mere $15 you can leave with your basket brimming with groceries, fruit and veg – which may have cost $100 at a shop. “We’re offering good quality food at a fraction of the price you’d  pay at a mainstream supermarket,” said Hornsby Connect President Steve Hopwood.

Sourced by OzHarvest and Foodbank with food they and the large supermarket chains would have otherwise binned, Connect’s Edgeworth David Street premises opens its doors from 10am to 2pm every Wednesday to those with a Centrelink card, struggling pensioners, people supporting family, as well as the homeless and single mothers. There are currently 107 clients, half of whom are pensioners.

Grocery items, ready meals and toiletries are sold at rock-bottom prices while fruit and veg are given away free, as is bread and desserts.

But it’s more than just inexpensive food: with its cafe where clients can grab a hot meal, Hornsby Connect’s qualified counsellors also provide a safe community hub to connect people with the community and relevant support services.

“We also assist people who are socially isolated to reconnect with society,” said Steve, “as well as personalised support to long-term unemployed and those caught in the poverty trap, through counselling and referrals.”

Hornsby Connect is at the rear of 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby. For more information call Steven Hopwood on 0401 778 124.

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