Inside the new Australian supermarket where EVERYTHING is completely FREE
- Australia’s first free supermarket has opened offering free food and supplies
- Non-profit organisation Serving Our People opened the store in the Gold Coast
- The store is packed with donated goods for struggling Aussies this Christmas
A supermarket offering free food, drinks and supplies has officially opened to help Aussies who are struggling this Christmas.
Non-profit organisation Serving Our People opened Queensland’s first free supermarket in the Gold Coast on Thursday.
The store, which is manned entirely by volunteers, is packed with donated goods which is being given to those in need.
Serving Our People’s founder, Yas Matbouly, spoke about the generous concept with Seven’s breakfast show, Sunrise.
Australia’s first free supermarket has opened in the Gold Coast to help those who are struggling this Christmas
‘We have all recipients from all across Queensland that will have access to our first free supermarket that we’re launching today,’ he said.
‘We’re hoping that this will definitely help thousands and thousands of Australians that are doing it tough at the moment – to help them with the basic needs of food.’
Volunteers got to the store at 6am to get the supermarket set up and ready for its official opening.
Mr Matbouly said the store has been ‘received amazingly’ by the community, with many struggling Aussies turning up to get goods for Christmas.
‘We have about 350 homeless friends coming in in a couple hours for a Christmas homeless lunch that will also have access to the first free supermarket,’ he revealed.
‘It’s creating a big impact, we’re hoping to help thousands and thousands over the period.’
The organisation’s founder Yas Matbouly (pictured) said the supermarket has been ‘received amazingly’ by the community and shared his hopes to help thousands of people
Mr Matbouly explained that the free goods at the store are donated by the community. Volunteers from the organisation will pick up goods from donation boxes
The organisation’s founder thanked local community members who had already generously donated bags of non-perishable food in time for the store’s opening.
Serving Our People have set up donation boxes in Coles supermarkets in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Logan for Queenslanders wishing to donate food.
‘The general public can put any items in there, such as canned tuna, pasta, whatever it is, and then our team will go and collect it and then we’ll bring it back to the free supermarket to make it into bags of love,’ Mr Matbouly said.
He added that the organisation was going to focus on providing shelter for people in need next.