COMMUNITY CUPBOARD: Will Shackleford (The Shack), Samantha Russel and Thomas Stoel stocking up with food at the Angel Community Group in Bundaberg.
COMMUNITY CUPBOARD: Will Shackleford (The Shack), Samantha Russel and Thomas Stoel stocking up with food at the Angel Community Group in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN070217ANGEL1

Bundy's new 24-hour grocery exchange for those in need

YOU have two hands, one to help yourself, the second to help others.

This is the message Bundaberg's Angels Community Group would like to spread.

The organisation has set up a cupboard which doesn't have magical powers but with the help from the community could change someone's day, week or life.

The pantry is full of non-perishables including tins of food, hygiene and cleaning products, coffee and nappies, all donated and ready to help the needy, for free.

Angels Community Group executive officer Sue Tasker said the project was about "helping others by helping yourself”.

The cupboards doors flung open on Wednesday and will stay open 24 hours a day, every day.

The group of motivated participants from Bundaberg's Skilling Queensland, which is supported by the State Government, filled the cupboard for the first time and it will now run by donation.

"These guys have done an amazing job and filled it for the first time on their own,” she said.

"They will fundraise to keep it running the best they can.”

Ms Tasker is encouraging people to support the program and donate non-perishable items.

"When people shop, if they buy an extra item and drop it off at the Second 2 None store on Walla St it would help” she said.

"Give when they can, and take when they need, is what we are hoping for.”

She wanted to make sure the message was clear and people were not welcome to take all the items in one go.

"It's not about doing your entire shopping for one week at the cupboard,” Ms Tasker said.

"The cupboard will be there for everyone, open all the time and we are hoping the community will respect it.

"It won't be monitored so people can feel like they can use it when they need and keep their dignity as well.”



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