Donations of Food Mark World Hunger Day

It was short notice, but the Lions Club of Singleton decided to set up a stall near Singleton Woolworths requesting donations of non-perishable food items to donate to Salvation Army Singleton.

May 27 was World Hunger Day, so the club thought it appropriate to take some action.

They hoped to fill one trolley of food but were inundated with food items resulting in more than four trolleys of food finding its way to the Salvation Army Church in York Street.

Salvation Army Singleton church and community services leader Michelle Edwards was unusually lost for words when she saw the bags of food arrive on Tuesday.

She has only been in the role for four months and just getting to know her local community and there is one thing she is discovering.

“I cannot believe the generosity of this town, all this happened unbeknownst to me and the response from the community has been overwhelming,” Michelle said.

“Our cupboards of food items are nearly bare and so many people are in need of food, a top up of food items to get them through the week.

“The cost of living is so expensive and when people can access some food here it means they have a bit more money to pay their rent and keep a roof over their family’s head,” Michelle said.

The Salvos also have a recipe magazine that offers plenty of cheaper meal options to feed a family and Michelle intends to carefully sort the groceries and put the food together in meal packs with the recipes to give to those needing support.

Lions Club president Phil Walton thanked the Singleton community and Woolworths for their support for what is an immediate, essential need of food for more people than anyone would realise.