Pantry 5000 serving those in need with a little help from Council
5 December 2016
Kingston Council joined forces with local charity Pantry 5000 recently to make sure meals to the needy are always fresh and healthy.
Volunteers from Pantry 5000, based at the St Aidan’s Anglican Church in Carrum, met with Council’s Environmental Health Officers to learn about vital food safety standards.
Each week the volunteers help pack and distribute food parcels to be handed out to people in need in Kingston’s southern suburbs and in the northern parts of Frankston. They also provide morning tea to community members visiting the service.
Pantry 5000 volunteer Ken Gooding said the training session was a great opportunity for volunteers to improve their skills.
“We want make to sure we are using the best possible procedures to ensure the food is safe and we really appreciate Council’s assistance,” Mr Gooding said.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said Council’s Environmental Health Offices regularly provided training sessions to charities, schools and community groups.
“We’re proud to work alongside such dedicated community groups and volunteers who are working hard to care for those in need,” Cr Eden said.
In addition to the training session, the City of Kingston also provides $5000 funding to Pantry 5000 under a three-year partnership agreement to support the charity’s food program.