Warwick Food Assist workers Alvaro and Filipe Nogueira, volunteer Annie Warren, Matthew Zimmerle, and volunteers Marlene Beattie and Jenny Creed are offering up groceries and books at the Percy St warehouse.
Warwick Food Assist workers Alvaro and Filipe Nogueira, volunteer Annie Warren, Matthew Zimmerle, and volunteers Marlene Beattie and Jenny Creed are offering up groceries and books at the Percy St warehouse. Sophie Lester

Residents doing it tough help others get fair go

WARWICK residents are among the regional Australians doing it toughest, with more than 30% on government benefits.

Warwick Food Assist supervisor Esther Spicer said most people who used the service accessed some form of financial assistance.

“Especially in this district, wages aren’t really high so there are those people only earning like $600 a week and trying to support a family off that,” Mrs Spicer said.

Single mum Jenny Creed volunteers with the service, which tries to feed 200 families every week.

“As a single parent on a pension, I know money’s tight after paying for electricity and fuel and everything, so this is a really good service for people to get food.”

Matthew Zimmerle is just one of a handful of employees working at Food Assist via the work for the dole program.

“I’ve been with Food Assist for almost three months now. Before that I was over at the (St Vincent de Paul) warehouse,” Mr Zimmerle said.

“I’ve been working through work for the dole on and off, it can be a bit of a cycle because work around Warwick is hard to get, and there are more people relying on those payments to get by.

“I really love working here and it makes me feel happy to be able to help people out and the appreciation we get from customers is awesome.”



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