FREE LUNCH: There was definitely such thing as a free lunch for IFYS clients on Friday, courtesy of Urban Deli Cafe.
FREE LUNCH: There was definitely such thing as a free lunch for IFYS clients on Friday, courtesy of Urban Deli Cafe. Melanie Keyte

Coast 'pay it forward' initiative comes to fruition

MORE than a dozen Coast battlers were treated to a delicious free lunch last week, thanks to the generosity of Urban Deli Cafe's customers.

For more than two months, the Maroochydore cafe has been running a "suspended coffee” board, where customers can purchase an extra coffee or meal and have it on hold for someone less fortunate.

Last Friday cafe manager Birgit Sowden took platters of sandwiches and muffins down to the IFYS centre, accompanied by a cooler full of iced coffee, for the community centre's disadvantaged clients to enjoy.

Recovering domestic violence survivor Tracy Gripske said the lunch was "beautiful” and a wonderful way to socialise.

"It's good meeting people who are like me,” she said.

"When you see other people going through the same thing, you know you're not alone in it.”

Youth worker Izzy Beezley agreed.

"It gives us that ability to come together and share a meal together,” he said.

Ms Sowden said none of it would be possible without Urban Deli Cafe's customers and thanked everyone who had contributed with a suspended meal or coffee.

"They're awesome, aren't they?” she said.

"We're very appreciative of our customers, who have been very generous over the last few months.”

Urban Deli Cafe is located at 1 Newspaper Pl, Maroochydore, and is open 6am-3pm weekdays.



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