Murray Bridge Salvation Army to provide food to people in need

In conjunction with Anti-Poverty Week, the Murray Bridge Salvation Army are holding the Salvo Free Fresh Produce Market today from 1-3pm, to help people in need.

Ready to give: Murray Bridge Salvation Army Captain Tim Watson with Commnuty Support Services Team Leader Linda Dorward and volunteer Lynn Wassenaar prepare free food for people in need.

Ready to give: Murray Bridge Salvation Army Captain Tim Watson with Commnuty Support Services Team Leader Linda Dorward and volunteer Lynn Wassenaar prepare free food for people in need.

Put on by the Community Support Services division, they will be providing fresh fruit and vegetables, non perishable foods, baked goods and more.

There will also be cooking demonstrations, healthy food options and advice provided by ac.care’s Foodies group.

Community Support Services Team Leader Linda Dorward said this is the first time that they have put on something like this here.

“We do emergency relief on a regular basis but this is a special one for Anti-Poverty Week,” she said. 

“It’s for anyone that feels that they’re in need of help for free food.”

“Hopefully we can get the right people through.”

As well as providing food, the Salvation Army will also be providing financial counselling, and budgeting information and advice to help people get on track. 

Ms Dorward said it would be an opportunity to reach people that they may not have been able to yet.

“We just decided to to it for Anti-Poverty Week, the markets are something I was thinking of doing anyway so I thought it was a good opportunity.”

“I’m hoping that it will be well attended by those people in need because there are a lot of people in the area that are in need,’ she said. 

“It’s satisfying (to help people), it’s something the Salvation Army do on a regular basis, we are just tryinng to make more people aware that we’re here and we’re doing it.”

Ms Dorward said that the Salvation Army had received a lot of support in getting this event together.

Food and help has been provided by Families SA, Foodbank, ac.care’s Foodies group, the Secondbite program through Coles, Farm Fresh Market and Wal’s Bakery.

I’m hoping that it will be well attended by those people in need because there are a lot of people in the area that are in need. - Linda Dorward

Ms Dorward said people will need to bring their own shopping bags and there will be a limit as to how much food each family can take.

She is hoping that it will be a successful event that helps a lot of people. 

“We will see how this one goes and perhaps we will do it on a regular basis.”

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