For over two years, Queensland’s Kippa-ring Shopping Centre and Big Top Shopping Centre have been supporting their communities through their in-Centre Community Pantry initiatives, donating non-perishable items to local charities and organisations.
The Community Pantry located at Kippa-ring Shopping Centre, which was installed in October 2017, has so far provided over 4,250 non-perishable items to the local community, an average of 145 items per month. The Community Pantry allows the Centre to regularly connect with two to three local organisations, with a different charity receiving the donations of food each month. Regular beneficiaries of the Kippa-ring Community Pantry include The Breakfast Club Redcliffe, Encircle Youth Centre and Foodbank QLD.
A Community Pantry is also located at Big Top Shopping Centre, which was installed in October 2018 and has donated 1,350 non-perishable items to the local community to date. This is an average of approximately 100 items donated per month. Like Kippa-ring, Big Top regularly engages with two to three local organisations in relation to its Community Pantry, with donations rotating to a different charity each month. Regular beneficiaries of the Big Top Community Pantry include the Maroochydore Homeless Centre, IFYS QLD and Gateway Community Care.
Alongside the Community Pantries, Kippa-ring Shopping Centre and Big Top Shopping Centre also make regular donations to local charities and community groups. Recipients of these donations this year included:
Big Top Shopping Centre
Kippa-ring Shopping Centre