ALL WELCOME: The community has supported Helping the Hungry, an initiative to help homeless and hungry people of Woolgoolga.
ALL WELCOME: The community has supported Helping the Hungry, an initiative to help homeless and hungry people of Woolgoolga. ROBERT WATKIN

Woopi rallies to feed hungry

WOOLGOOLGA is once again showing its community spirit, with locals coming together to support free monthly breakfasts for the hungry and homeless.

Helping the Hungry, held the last Friday of each month at the beach reserve, aims to feed those who might otherwise go without a meal.

"Helping the Hungry has been set up as a very small way to offer some assistance," co-ordinator Lisa Nichols said.

"Many people including young women are sleeping in their cars, and many people and families are setting up illegally at back beach and the lake.

"Youth who are in need have to relocate to Coffs Harbour, taking them away from their schooling.

"Then there are people who have accommodation but once they have paid their rent there is not a lot of money left for food or other grocery items."

Ms Nichols said in addition to providing food, the breakfasts offered social inclusion for those who may be feeling isolated.

The breakfasts have seen the community jump at the chance to help those in need.

"Key Employment are the main supporter, with many members of the community having already added donations of food, clothing, toiletries, and other resources to make it successful.

"People have been turning up with muffins, zucchini slices, fruit trays, plus we have cereals, yogurts, sausages sandwiches, tea, coffee and juices on hand.

"I have been overwhelmed by the support, but Woolgoolga is an amazing community when it comes to helping others.

"One local in particular, Bill Flicker, has been on board right from the start and is usually in charge of the barbecue."

Helping the Hungry continues to grow, with

 

the local scouts and high school expressing interest in being involved.

For more information on getting involved, contact Lisa on 0410 052 601 or visit www.facebook.com/woopi style.

The next Helping the Hungry breakfast will be held on Friday, April 29.



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