Free Food Shop

Drive along Copeland Street, Kingswood on a Tuesday morning and you’ll see a line of people cued along the footpath. Some have camped out overnight others arrive at daylight. The word on the street is Free Food. As the doors to the The Rock Community Centre open, numbers are issued in an orderly manner as people then wait to access the Free Food Shop.

The dedicated team behind Christ Mission Possible, a none-for-profit, Christian organisation work timelessly to ensure the excess food from our district is harvested and rescued from waste or landfill. Motivated by an attitude of Christ, to provide for the poor and feed the hungry. Christ Mission Possible harvest an astonishing $15,000 000 worth of food every year for distribution to the homeless or needy. They also provide a Food Bank model to equip local charities, churches and community groups to support their communities. Through their Assertive Outreach Programs they meet the needs of over 7000 people each week through street meals, Free Food Shops, School Programs and food hampers.

We visited the Free Food Shop today and were amazed at the ways Christ Mission Possible is reaching out to our community. Partnering with organisations such as Oz Harvest they are helping our community in ways that will often go unrecognised or unnoticed. As we spoke with one patron who asked to be kept anonymous, ‘ Christ Mission Possible is fantastic! It helps us to save money with increasing mortgage pressures and unemployment difficulties’. Spokesman Paul Hutchinson explained that the ‘needy has changed due impart to the financial crisis. More and more families are struggling to meet mortgage demands’.

There are plans to broaden the outreach to include daily meals with an onsite dinning room and kitchen. If you would like to find out more about this valuable ministry visit their website: http://cmp.org.au

Laurie Marshall, Paul Hutchinson, Oliver Masters and Blake Raymond at the Free Food Shop on Tuesday morning at The Rock, Kingswood. Photo: S. Lewis

Laurie Marshall, Paul Hutchinson, Oliver Masters and Blake Raymond at the Free Food Shop on Tuesday morning at The Rock, Kingswood. Photo: S. Lewis

The Free Shop, volunteer distributing food to clients. Photo: S. Lewis

The Free Shop, volunteer distributing food to clients. Photo: S. Lewis

The Rock - Community Centre, Copeland Street, Kingswood. Photo: S. Lewis

The Rock – Community Centre, Copeland Street, Kingswood. Photo: S. Lewis

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Channel Nine’s A Current Affair ran a story on Christ Mission Possible and Pastor Marty Beckett about the Food Solutions programs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha7Xn_BX0fI

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