Free food given to struggling families

Good deed: Picton IGA staff Rocky Tiwari, Lisa Rudd, Steve Waga, Brett Fawcett are donating leftover food to struggling families. Picture: Chris Lane
Good deed: Picton IGA staff Rocky Tiwari, Lisa Rudd, Steve Waga, Brett Fawcett are donating leftover food to struggling families. Picture: Chris Lane

Khan’s SUPA IGA managers know a weekly shop can be really heavy on the hip pocket for some families.

So they want to help financially-strapped families by giving away free food and groceries at their Picton and Bargo supermarkets.

Khan’s IGA marketing and communications manager Lisa Rudd said the supermarket group wanted to do more to help the community.

“We know that a big shop each week can weigh on the hip pocket and people might be too embarrassed to ask for help,” she said.

“So we are giving away a few items once a week on a Tuesday to help out families.

“We have set up a table outside our shops with food that is still good to eat.

“The food would usually be thrown out but there is nothing on the table that we wouldn’t eat ourselves.

“We have baked goods, fruit, cans of food, drink and items like shampoo and conditioner. We don’t put anything out that can spoil in the sun.

“What we put on the table depends on what stock is short dated.”

Mrs Rudd said locals had not been greedy or selfish by taking too many items.

“Every one has been reasonable,” she said. “They only take a couple of items and leave some for others. It shows their community spirit.”

Mrs Rudd said the stores would continue to offer the goods for a long as people needed the items.

Mrs Rudd said all 11 stores in the Khan group were supporting the cause and encouraged other supermarkets to take up the initiative.

“There is no reason not to do it when the groceries just go in the bin,” she said.