How pensioners can eat for just $10 a month

Lesley Rea, 73, finds it hard to fund her weekly food shop after paying for power, bills and life insurance.

“It does trim my pension right down to where it is crucial that I have to watch my pennies when I’m looking at food,” the Zillmere pensioners said.

But she has found a way to fill her shopping bags without emptying her wallet.

She uses Project Pantry’s monthly market.

For just $10, the hamper provides around $100 worth of food.

For just $10, the hamper provides around $100 worth of food.

For just $10, pensioners can purchase a food hamper worth around $100.

It includes fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, bread and toiletries.

“That will feed me for easily a week, up to two weeks.”

A meat pack is $2 extra.

“To do a shop locally, it’s so expensive. But the price that we pay for the pantry here, and the products we receive it’s golden” Ms Rea said.

The service has helped 55,000 pensioners and counting.

The service has helped 55,000 pensioners and counting.

Burnie Brae is celebrating a decade of helping people, like Lesley, on disability or aged pensions.

“Over the last 10 years, we’ve been able to assist 55,000 pensioners on our monthly market day and hundreds of emergency food hampers distributed each month,” Jodie Goddard said. 

The service depends on donations from charities like Foodbank and OzHarvest and community organisations.

It also relies on the hard work of volunteers, so it can continue to deliver the hampers to those in need.

“We wouldn’t be here and running for 10 years if it wasn’t for our generous supporters” Ms Goddard said.

The next monthly market will be on the October 6 between 8:30am and 10:30am at 60 Kuran Street, Chermside.

For more information, head to the Burnie Brae website, call (07) 3624 2125 or email: mailto:communitysupportandwellness@burniebrae.org.au.

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