It’s not just the seaside village charm and white sandy beaches that make Bribie Island special – it’s the way the community bands together when the going gets tough.
In response to COVID-19, Global Care Bribie Island has teamed with local chefs, sporting clubs, businesses and other non-profit groups to deliver 400 free meals per week to those most in need.
A mammoth effort like this doesn’t just happen overnight.
As Global Care Bribie Island (Awesome Bribie Island Church) Operations Manager, Peter Hamer, explains, it was a case of many hands making light work.
“The Bribie Island Community Arts Centre and Bribie Island Recreational Centre have both generously loaned their kitchens to cook these meals in,” the group says in a statement.
Among the local chefs who are generously helping out with the preparation of the meals are: Corey Abel, from Art Centre Cafe 191; Chuck D’zilva; Nicky Steinhardt; Amanda Waters; and staff from the Bribie Island State High School canteen, Anna Jones and Sue Kokaev.
Not immune to the social distancing measures and closures as a result of COVID-19, Global Care took a proactive approach in researching how the virus would change its operations and predicting community needs.
The group not only developed new policies and procedures to ensure the safety of team members and clients, but changed the way it delivered its usual Food Assist Program.
With doors temporarily closed at the much-loved Community Café, it was replaced with a redesigned Food Assist delivery process.
Global Care Bribie Island says it now has a streamlined system, where clients join a line with established social distancing markers and quickly proceed inside to pick up a pre-prepared food pack.
Global Care Bribie Island is an extension of Awesome Bribie Island Church. Along with Senior Pastors, Cameron and Stephanie Ross, the group is passionately driven to serve the community.
The free meals program is the latest in a line of Global Care Bribie initiatives, which actively support the most vulnerable in the community all year round.
It also offers low-cost food parcels, free school breakfast programs, meals to the homeless on a weekly basis, and takes part in local fundraisers.
Awesome Bribie Island Church and Global Care Bribie Island's COVID-19 response team is grateful for the support of local businesses for the Global Care free meals program.
Warrigals Football Club has stepped up by lending its cold room for storage, while Mike from Wright’s Fruit Barn has generously set up weekly donations of vegetables. Meat donations were supplied by Andrew Cornett from IGA Sandstone Point. What an amazing team effort!
Special mentions also go to Taryn Gillard, Julie Thomson (Manager of the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre), the Bribie Island Global Care team, Councillor Brooke Savige, State Member for Pumicestone Simone Wilson, and Moreton Bay Regional Council for its help in organising the response plan.
If you, or someone you know, are in need of free meals, contact Global Care Bribie Island on 3408 0429 or visit the Facebook page.