Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre may be closed to the public but they are still working hard during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep food rescue open, from outside LINC.
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LINC runs multiple programs for a wide range of community members in the Lithgow LGA, no matter age, race or gender.
The Second BITE program will continue to operate outside LINC on Monday, Wednesday and Friday's from 12.30pm providing fresh produce and bread when available.
Additionally they will be providing Food Rescue at the Bowenfels Community Hub on Wednesday's from 2pm.
"A big thanks to Coles Lithgow for their generous donations and continual support of our Second Bite Program and Lithgow Woolworths food rescue support of the Bowenfels Community Hub," Community Hub manager Leanne Walding said.
To arrange pick up during social distancing restrictions you will need to call LINC on 6352 2077 to arrange a collection time.
If you are unable to come to either of the distribution points, home delivery can be arranged.
"Unfortunately there will be no particular choice available at this time and LINC will pack small hampers for distribution," Leanne said.
"Please be reminded that each day's collection will vary and we will provide what is available on day of pick up."
With the ever expanding food rescue program, LINC has created new partnerships with 'The Hawkesbury Feedbag Garden Project, Food Rescue Central West and Lithgow Anglicare Mobile Community - Fresh Food Pantry and Joblink Plus', who have donated both long life products and fresh produce during this difficult time.
"The Hawkesbury Feedbag Garden Project coordinator Maree Fayne reached out to us across the divide by providing much needed long life pantry items, which we package into 'Feedbags'," Ms Walding said.
"They believe that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures to ensure people are supported. This project is proudly supported and funded by Wentworth Health Care, NBMPHN, called 'Well Being Grants to Support Farming Communities'."
Ms Walding said Joblink Plus made a kind donation of long life pantry items that were packed into hampers for distribution.
"These much-needed items were delivered to LINC by HIPPY your friendly Aussie Picker and have been delivered to local people in isolation," she said.
"Our bulk fresh produce has been donated through Food Rescue Central West and is providing a much-needed boost alongside the Anglicare Mobile Community - Fresh Food Pantry who kindly distributes their residual produce to LINC and other support services locally."
LINC hopes to continue to strengthen their current partnerships to expand food rescue locally and would like to thank their team of volunteers and LINC staff that assist with pick up, pack and distribution.
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