We know that life is not always easy. Unexpected expenses can pop up, circumstances can change and at times our financial situation can feel overwhelming. For people living on low incomes, every week can be a struggle. Hope Community Pantry is a confidential low-cost food service to help make life a little bit easier for local individuals and families doing it tough.
Hope Community Pantry operates every Friday during school terms from 12noon until 2pm. It’s a drop-in-service offering a light lunch and a cuppa in a warm, friendly environment. Members pay a small fee (between $5 and $9) to access a range of supermarket items that supplement their weekly grocery shop, as well as free staples such as bread, fruit and vegetables.
For some, all it takes is a few weekly visits to give them a reprieve in the cost of their groceries, in order to get back-on-track with their finances. For others, the pantry is a regular source of hope that allows them to save money on their regular grocery shop and allocate that to other essential family requirements. Whatever your situation, if you are experiencing financial difficulty, you are welcome at Hope Community Pantry. We provide one-off, short-term or long-term support and assistance to suit each family’s individual needs.
Hope Community Pantry is operated by a team of dedicated volunteers who delight in seeing lives and circumstances transformed. We’re more than a food service, we’re a community. Hope Community Pantry is a place to belong.
Meet Deirdre Healey, Community Chaplain and Hope Community Pantry Coordinator
Deirdre Healey has been in the role of Hope Community Pantry Coordinator for the past 12 months. She is a committed member of Hope Church 2508 and is also Community Chaplain and the coordinator of the Hope Church 2508 Kids Hope school mentoring program. Deirdre is qualified in pastoral care and is a member of Chaplaincy Australia. She has a background in mental health advocacy and has spent many years supporting families who care for members with mental health problems. Deirdre is passionate about supporting community members who find themselves facing tough circumstances. She sees the potential in everyone and works to come alongside people in their time of need, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support.