MORE than 6500 Coast families benefit from the services of the Suncoast Care Food Co-Op, and a new freezer will enable the group to assist even further.

Officially unveiled yesterday, the 12-pallet freezer's installation has doubled the

refrigeration capabilities of the Nambour-based service.

Designed to support families during tough economic periods, the co-op provides reduced-price foods to those in need of assistance.

Co-op business manager Paul Bourke said the freezer would enable the group to stockpile a greater range of foods.

"It definitely gives us the ability to basically rescue more food that would've been thrown out, and it gives people more variety," Mr Bourke said.

GREAT RESULT: Stuart Charlton tests the temperature inside the Suncoast Care Food Co-Op’s new freezer.
GREAT RESULT: Stuart Charlton tests the temperature inside the Suncoast Care Food Co-Op’s new freezer. Warren Lynam

"It's also doubled our refrigeration space with the new freezer, which has increased our range of refrigerated products."

The $5 membership enables families to access low-price goods at the co-op for a year, provided they could prove their needs.

Mr Bourke said the community organisation still had more work to do.

"So far we've got half the funds we need to get another refrigerated ute to pick up the goods," Mr Bourke said.

For those interested in joining the co-op or in donating to help the organisation buy the ute, phone 5441 4877.


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