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.