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We Build Hope

About Suncoast Care

About Suncoast Care

WE BUILD HOPE

We build hope for the future by providing for the needs of our community today.  Physically, spiritually and emotionally.  

Suncoast Care assists in meeting the needs of our local community through our community grocery store, soup kitchen, emergency relief program, school pantries program, Christian life courses, food rescue, coffee connect, donations to local community organisations and we are a job seeker host.  Through these successful programs we see in excess of 7000 people utilizing our services annually!  We are committed to providing food for our community by giving people a ‘hand up’ and not a ‘hand out’.  Our food is sourced from Foodbank, well known supermarkets, national distributors and a number of local farmers.  We are deeply grateful to all our sponsors, donors and supporters.

WE ARE

A not-for-profit charitable organization reaching the Sunshine Coast with food and aid.  As part of the Global Care Australia network, we are registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Farmers who donate fruit and vegetables and donors of other items can be given a tax deductible receipt for the value of the product.  Short dated items from distributors and manufacturers are welcome and we have refrigerated vehicles to collect donated items. Volunteers are always needed for all areas of service.

 

 

We Build Hope

We build hope for the future by providing for the needs of our community today. physically   |   spiritually   |   emotionally

Community Grocery Store

Our goal is to build hope.  One way we do this is by providing practically for those in need.  Eligible low-income families and individuals can apply for membership and then shop at our grocery store.  Many items are very low-cost and some are even free. Around a thousand shoppers visit our community grocery store each week.  Our friendly staff and volunteers are here to make our customers feel welcome. We stock a good range of fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, frozen products, and grocery items. It is always exciting to see what is new each week.  Our customers tell us they love shopping at Suncoast Care.

The Daily Bread - soup kitchen

The Daily Bread offers a nutritious, three course meal in a safe and friendly environment. This is held two nights a week at the St Lukes Luther Hall, 10 Sydney Street, Nambour.  The majority of the cooking for our Soup Kitchen, ‘The Daily Bread’, is done by schools across the Sunshine Coast, with some even incorporating it into their curriculum! This gives students the opportunity to see the need in our community for themselves and to be part of the solution.

We also donate food to two other soup kitchens on the Sunshine Coast and have a hand in providing 200 meals a week to those in need.

School Pantries Program

Suncoast Care provides food for more than fifteen schools each week. Much of the food for our School Pantries Program is sourced from Foodbank Queensland. They commissioned a report in 2015 called ‘Hunger in the Classroom’. The report highlights the issues of children in Australia going to school with empty stomachs. This has a far reaching impact on children, their schools and the wider community. Through our School Pantries Program Suncoast Care is meeting the needs of families in our community every day.

Food Rescue

We rescue 220 tons of food each year from nine supermarkets and fruit and vegetable shops. Approximately 50 tons of fruit and vegetables are donated by local farmers each year, and we collect over 600 tons of various food items from Foodbank in Brisbane and distribute them in the local community each year

Emergency Relief

We receive State Government funding and donate food and finances from our own resources to help those in crisis situations.  Those in need are referred to us by Centrelink and other agencies and the funds can be distributed through food vouchers or payment of utility bills.

Job Seeker Host

We are a highly successful ‘Job Seeker Host’ seeing many of our volunteers find work as a direct result of the experience they gain at Suncoast Care.  We build hope by providing valuable work experience in a positive environment.  Job seekers can learn a healthy work ethic for future employment.

Coffee Connect

Suncoast Care understands the value of a solid community which supports its members.  Friendship, and the ability to share life experiences and burdens with others, greatly enhances our quality of life.  This is why Suncoast Care places such high value on our Coffee Connect area at the front of our grocery store.  We have created a friendly and welcoming environment were friends can gather for a coffee and a chat.

Christian Life Courses

Suncoast Care provides physically through our food programs and we help with emotional support through the community we build.  We also believe that the Spiritual element of a person needs to be fed.  Therefore Suncoast Care places great value on our ability to provide members and workers practical and Spiritual encouragement through a variety of Christian life courses such as Alpha, parenting and budgeting.  

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Community Grocery Store

60

Workers & Volunteers

870

Tons of Food Rescued Yearly

2800

Families Shop There

Membership

ANNUAL $5 MEMBERSHIP

Suncoast Care has a community grocery store, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name and ‘food rescue’ items.   People who are holders of a Current Centrelink Card (aged pension, disability pension or health care) are eligible for membership.  Identification (photo ID or Medicare card) and payment of the membership fee will also be required.  Suncoast Care’s Community Grocery Store is for the benefit of low income families and those in need.

Membership Application Form

Making Real Change

Care exists to build hope for the future by providing for the needs of our community today.  You can make a real change, by donating financially or volunteering your time.  Suncoast Care is a Deductible Gift Recipient and donations are tax-deductible.  Your generous donation of time or funds can dramatically change lives for the better.

Donation Form

 

Volunteering

Volunteers are our backbone! Below are a few areas where you can volunteer, and play a vital role within our Suncoast Care Community.

A fun place to volunteer your skills and share your experience, make new friends and be part of a dynamic and growing team.  There is a variety of retail and warehouse roles and we welcome experienced baristas. Volunteer shifts are between 8am and 3pm Monday to Friday – volunteer hours can be flexible to suit your availability.

On Monday and Wednesday nights, we serve around 60 people at our soup kitchen which is held at St Lukes Luther Hall, 10 Sydney St, Nambour. This is a great avenue for those of us who wish to serve, however may have less time to offer.  Volunteer shifts are 3pm till 6:30pm – volunteer hours can be flexible to suit your availability.

If you are interested in volunteering at Suncoast Care please download our ‘Volunteer Application Form’ below, then email: mail@suncoastcare.com.au

Volunteer Application Form

The Daily Bread soup kitchen

The Daily Bread offers a nutritious meal in a safe and friendly environment. This is held two nights a week at the St Lukes Luther Hall, 10 Sydney Street, Nambour.  The majority of the cooking for our Soup Kitchen, ‘The Daily Bread’, is done by schools across the Sunshine Coast, with some even incorporating it into their curriculum!  This gives students the opportunity to see the need in our community for themselves and to be part of the solution.  Suncoast Care also donates food to other soup kitchens on the Sunshine Coast and has a hand in providing 200 meals a week to those in need.

The Daily Bread soup kitchen runs Monday & Wednesday nights with a three course meal served at 5 pm.  On average we serve around 60 people each night.  This is a great avenue for those of us who wish to serve, however may have less time to offer.  Volunteer shifts are 3pm till 6:30pm – volunteer hours can be flexible to suit your availability.

Volunteer Application Form

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