Food is Free demand is increasing
WHAT started as four garden beds combined with goodwill has transformed into a heavily used service for Granite Belt families in need.
Chris and Ian Robins started the Food is Free corner at The Summit in November last year, where people in need could pick up fresh produce as they need.
Originally the couple would see around one car a day but now, with 50 garden beds and a caravan of clothes on the way, they can see up to six families a day.
Mrs Robins believed increased cost of living had caused a lot more families to rely on their service.
"Rates have gone up, electricity bills have gone up, heating at this time of year is going and that's an extra cost,” she said.
"A lot more pensioners are coming out because of things like electricity bills and rent. At the end of the week, they can't afford fresh food.
"We have a lot of people come out for apples and oranges for their children for school lunches.”
"I'm finding a lot more people in need of warm clothes and blankets.”
The Robins plan to expand their corner with a caravan in which they are installing shelves and racks to store clothing which they will donate to members of the public.
Mrs Robins said as demand on their corner increased, so had the number of donations from the Granite Belt community.
"We're getting a lot more people assisting us too.”