HELP YOURSELF: Stanthorpe Salvation Army volunteers Cat Barker, Julie Volkman and Janet Jordan.
HELP YOURSELF: Stanthorpe Salvation Army volunteers Cat Barker, Julie Volkman and Janet Jordan. Matthew Purcell

Do you need a hand making ends meet?

PEOPLE doing it tough have access to free groceries through the Salvation Army's latest relief program.

The Allora, Warwick and Stanthorpe Salvation Army Family Stores have started weekly grocery top-up sessions where families and individuals can fill bags with free perishable food.

Warwick Salvation Army Lieutenant Zak Churchill started the program after he asked Coles for leftover bread, fruit and vegetables.

The top-ups started last week and ran from 10.30am, averaging 15-20 people each day.

Warwick store manager Robert Bennett said there was no restriction on who qualified for the free food.

"It is for anyone in need, people doing it tough, families, farmers, people who have lost their job or seasonal workers who don't have shifts at the moment,” he said.

He said demand for the service was growing.

"We pick the food up from Coles in the morning and it is usually gone by the end of the day,” Mr Bennett said

"People can grab whatever they need, we don't have a spoken limit on the amount people can take but most people just come in with one or two bags.”

Top up days

Allora: Monday

Stanthorpe: Tuesday

Warwick: Thursday



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