Coles backs Lismore's Five Loaves food charity organisation
A MAJOR supermarket has thrown its support behind the Five Loaves charity in Lismore.
Coles Community Food and the SecondBite program have teamed up with Five Loaves to provide fresh fruit, vegetables and bread to local disadvantaged people.
It has now been almost four years since Darcy Goodwin, founder of the charity, passed away.
Since then the team has grown to about 80 people, with volunteers serving soup, cleaning the van and providing clothing.
The program feeds about 350 people every week.
Coordinator Julie Jackson said it was "big news" that Coles and SecondBite were now on board.
"This program addresses the issue of food waste nationwide and increases access to fresh nutritious food for people living in disadvantaged circumstances in our community," she said.
"It has recognised Five Loaves as a worthwhile charity and has accepted Coles as a supplier.
"Each day fresh fruit and vegetables, along with bakery products that would otherwise be fed to animals or thrown out, is now passed on to the Five Loaves charity."
Ms Jackson said there was now a new location for food distribution - the transit centre in Molesworth St.
Food is handed out at 6pm each weekday.
On Saturday from 5.30pm the Five Loaves volunteers are in Nimbin's main street.
The volunteers also go to the Plaza at Southern Cross University every Wednesday at noon, and the op shop at the back of the SDA church in Uralba St, Lismore, on Mondays and Thursdays, 10am until 11am.
"The Five Loaves team would like to thank the suppliers: Henry's Bakery, Goanna Cafe, Brumbies at Lismore Square, Zen Sushi, BidVest and now Coles," Ms Jackson said.
"Thanks to outgoing supplies, Millers and BreadKrumbs, who have supported the charity for many years."
Ms Jackson also thanked Lismore MP Thomas George, Lismore City Council and local knitters.
Five Loaves will be the charity of the day at the Lismore Car Boot Market on Sunday.