Mobile Food Hub visits Port Lincoln for first time

A mobile food van service is paying a visit to Port Lincoln on a fortnightly basis to provide further food security to the community.

The Mobile Food Hub, a custom-built truck fitted out with shelving, fridges and storage facilities is visiting regional communities as part of an ongoing partnership between Foodbank SA and RAA.

Foodbank SA previously had one food Food Hub truck mostly operating in Adelaide, however RAA through its Momentum community sponsorship program has funded for Foodbank to purchase, custom fit, stock and resource a second truck to carry 14 tonnes of stock.

The Food Hub paid its first visit to Port Lincoln on Thursday and will return to provide it services every Thursday between 11am and 2pm.

Foodbank SA customer development manager Leanne Malek said the service would provide much needed support for food security in areas like Port Lincoln.

"We know we are mising about 33 per cent of people here that are food insecure," she said.

"The food van has been set up so we can further support regional communities."

Ms Malek said One Heart Church had agreed to host the van during its visits which provided an ideal location to set up.

Pastor Rob Santostefano said the church was very excited to host the Mobile Food Hub.

"It adds benefit to the community so we're happy to be partnering with Foodbank, RAA and all agencies involved," he said.

Customers are referred to the Food Hub by local charities, schools and community groups and use vouchers to buy a range of discounted items while bread, fruit and vegetables are free.

The food is sourced from Foodbank's warehouses or donations from mostly local retailers, farmers and the community.

Local resident Shirley Gibson was one of the first customers on Thursday, which she said would assist her as she raised a child full time and two foster children part time on weekends.

"I was very impressed and I didn't know what to expect," she said.

"It just helps me...being a pensioner and being involved in our lovely (One Heart) church."

For the first day in Port Lincoln the Mobile Food Hub was assisted by seven volunteers, including three from RAA and two from Lion's Club.

RAA spokeswoman Sally Warner said the Mobile Food Hub will help South Australians from diverse backgrounds and circumstances.

"This service will assist people and families in need of food relief, who currently have little or no access to welfare services,'' she said.

People can be referred to the Mobile Food Hub in Port Lincoln through the Salvation Army or One Heart Church.