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The Market Place, Adelaide

In Adelaide, The Salvation Army launched The Market Place, an initiative to give people access to fresh food—free of charge. Stalls of fruit, vegetables, dairy products and baked goods are made
available to the community.

With a ‘help yourself ’ approach, visitors are provided with a shopping bag to fill and encouraged to make healthy selections in a comfortable environment.

As well as providing food relief, The Market Place aims to:

  • teach food knowledge and cooking skills to assist in healthier eating; and
  • connect with lonely, isolated, vulnerable and disconnected people.

Captain Matt Reeve, Corps Officer at the City Salvos Church in Adelaide, said The Market Place allows for greater interaction with socially isolated people in the community.

“It’s a groundbreaking opportunity to help struggling families in Adelaide.” An average of 600
people visit The Market Place each month.

The Market Place operates on the first Friday morning of each month at The Salvation Army in Pirie Street, Adelaide.

Jo's Story

Jo (pictured right) works three days a week at a bank and volunteers two days coordinating the
Wednesday and Saturday night community dinners at Adelaide City Salvos. She is now also in charge of The Market Place.

She explains how The Market Place began: “It actually came about by accident. I was talking to one
of our food suppliers, A Gesture. They explained how much fresh fruit and vegetables go to waste
and that they could start a compost business out of it. Something inside my head clicked and I thought—the Salvos have the people and resources and A Gesture has the food—let’s join forces.

“For us, this programme is about the love. People can come through the doors, choose food like they  would in a supermarket, and stay afterwards for a coffee or a meal. It gives us an opportunity to connect and care for people.”

Jo Hodge at The Market Place