Churches and charities under increasing pressure

OTHER charitable organisations and churches are also feeling the pressure to keep up with the demand of families in need.

Global Care, operating out of Bundaberg's Citicoast Church, sells low-cost groceries to needy families and individuals each week.

Globalcare's Heather Boon said this time last year there were about 70 families needing assistance.

"Now we have 110 families registered," she said.

"It's not quite doubled but it's getting there."

Ms Boon said the charity was concerned how it would cope with the increasing demand, especially before Christmas.

"Foodbank doesn't have as much food anymore," she said.

"We're relying on a lot of local donations."

She said the community was still reeling from the 2010/2011 floods.

"People have lost jobs - families seem to be doing it tough," Ms Boon said.

Ms Boon said appeals, such as the NewsMail's Adopt-a-Family Christmas Appeal, were a great way of taking the pressure off churches and charities.



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