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Loaves and Fishes
Covid 19 grant

A big thank you to the Logan City Council for the Covid 19 grant

We have been blessed by the Logan City Council with a small Christmas Grant and another Supplier so we have put together A Treat for the first 30 lucky $55.00 Hamper Families.

Hamper is available at 26 Monte Street Slacks Creek now to 3pm DONT MISS OUT Merry Christmas. NO HOLDS FIRST IN BEST HAMPERS.

30 families were helped with ham confectionary and decorations and 200 families with Christmas Cakes

30 families were helped with ham confectionery and decorations
and 200 families with Christmas Cakes.

A big thank you to the Logan City Council for the Covid 19 grant
CEO Pastor Jock Bamford which serves up hot meals for those in need three days a week

Pandemic can’t stop this kitchen of kindness

Logan’s Loaves and Fishes food outlet, inspired by one of the best-known stories in the Christian tradition, is certainly living up to its name in 2020. Pandemic restrictions meant a tough few months for the organisation but almost miraculously—there is still plenty to go around. The outlet, on Monte Street in Slacks Creek, feeds about 1,600 adults and 1,700 children each week. CEO Pastor Jock Bamford says it is open to everyone.

“If there’s more of you people out there doing it tough because of COVID-19, this is the place to come,” Pastor Jock says. “You will be able to purchase food that is a real cheap price and you will be able to get a hot meal. “Come on down because we are here to help.” While Loaves and Fishes is one of several Logan-based organisations offering low-priced food for those in need, it is unique in its three pronged approach to feeding locals. The main arm of the outlet is its Cost Recovery Centre, in which cheap groceries are basically ‘a dime a dozen’.

A $10 spend at the store allows customers to receive a trolley of fruit and vegetables from the Loaves and Fishes warehouse, which also arranges and supplies $55 hampers that typically, feed a family of four for a week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the organisation also serves hot lunches; asking for a gold coin donation only in return. Pastor Jock says while the COVID-19 pandemic has placed extra pressure on the outlet’s operations, it has continued steadily thanks to the efforts of its dedicated volunteers.

Loaves and Fishes CEO Pastor Jock Bamford
is committed to helping those in need

 

 

“You’re asking me how it works and I’m telling you sometimes I stop and think about it myself,” Pastor Jock says. “But I put it down to a total and absolute miracle. “We’ve got eight people doing 30 people’s work so for anybody out there, if you would like to come and help us we would deeply appreciate it.”

Story taken from Our Logan magazine (volume 91), Our thanks to Managing Editor: Rebecca Smith, the magazine team and everyone at the Logan City Council

News-How far can you stretch a dollar

How far can you stretch a dollar?

The incredible team at Loaves and Fishes have been providing affordable food options in Logan for more than 25 years. From their low-cost food hampers, to free food trolleys and hot meals for only a gold coin donation. Loaves and Fishes are making sure that everyone in our city can put a meal on their table.

Watch the video to check out their incredible service and read more about Loaves and Fishes in the latest edition of Logan City Council’s Our Logan magazine.

Logan City CouncilOur Logan Magazine is a monthly magazine sent free to all households in Logan, with copies also available at major outlets around the city.
Inside the magazine you’ll find information about services and news, upcoming events, divisional projects, including park and road projects.

To read our most recent magazine, please download Our Logan Magazine Issue 90 – August / September 2020 (PDF 16.5 MB)

Australian Homelessness Facts

Australian Homelessness Facts

On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless

Homelessness facts

255,657 people received support and almost seven million nights of accommodation were provided by specialist homelessness services in 2014-15.

What is homelessness?

Homelessness Australia uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistical definition of homelessness. The ABS statistical definition states that when a person does not have suitable accommodation alternatives they are considered homeless if their current living arrangement:

  • is in a dwelling that is inadequate; or
  • has no tenure, or if their initial tenure is short and not
    extendable; or
  • does not allow them to have control of, and access to
    space for social relations.

People who are experiencing homelessness are usually
staying in the following areas:

  • Improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out
  • Supported accommodation for the homeless
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$55 Food Hamper

Food Hamper

Here is our updated picture of our $55 Hamper at 26 Monte Street Slacks Creek . Hamper as at time of posting. We are trying our best however stocks are low with our suppliers. Hampers may vary slightly due availability of stock availability. No onselling no marketeers. We do try to replace stock that depleats where possible. PICTURE IS A GUIDE Eftpos avail.

Use by and best before dates

What is the difference between “use by” and “best before” dates?

Date marks give a guide to how long food can be kept before it begins to deteriorate or may become unsafe to eat.  The two types of date marking are use by dates and best before dates. The food supplier is responsible for placing a use by or best before date on food

Foods that must be eaten before a certain time for health or safety reasons should be marked with a use by date. Foods should not be eaten after the use by date and can’t legally be sold after this date because they may pose a health or safety risk.

Most foods have a best before date. You can still eat foods for a while after the best before date as they should be safe but they may have lost some quality. Foods that have a best before date can legally be sold after that date provided the food is fit for human consumption.

The only food that can have a different date mark on it is bread, which can be labelled with a baked on or baked for date if its shelf life is less than seven days.

Foods that have a shelf life of two years or longer, e.g. some canned foods, do not need to be labelled with a best before date. This is because it is difficult to give the consumer an accurate guide as to how long these foods will keep, as they may retain their quality for many years and are likely to be consumed well before they spoil.

If specific storage conditions are required in order for a product to keep until its best before or use by date, suppliers must include this information on the label, e.g. ‘This yoghurt should be kept refrigerated’.

You should also follow any directions for use or cooking instructions that the supplier has put on the label.

ANZ FOOD Standard 1.2.5