People who enjoy a hot cup of Salvos Coffee in Shepparton will be making a positive difference in the lives of coffee growers in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea.ESTELLE GRIEPINK May 15, 2014 3:29am
Grab a cuppa: Salvation Army Shepparton lieutenant Andrew Stringer and community lunch volunteer David Forster are encouraging people to buy a Salvos Coffee to help Papua New Guinea farmers.
The Salvation Army’s own brand of fair trade coffee arrived in Shepparton this week, where it is being served for $1 a cup at the organisation’s weekly community lunches.
Packets of coffee can be bought from the Salvation Army website.
Salvation Army Lieutenant Andrew Stringer said the concept of the Salvos Coffee Program was simple.
Mr Stringer said the proceeds from every coffee bought went directly to the farmers, who also received agricultural, financial, health and social support from the organisation.
‘‘It’s great, because the Salvos actually pay greater rates than fair trade and we think it tastes really great,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve just started serving it, but soon we will only be serving this coffee.’’
Mr Stringer encouraged people to visit the Salvation Army’s weekly community lunches, which run from noon every Wednesday at the corner of Nixon St and Orr St.
‘‘The lunch basically gives people a family, because there are a lot of lonely people in our community who don’t have a social network,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s just a gold coin donation to come along and everyone is welcome.’’
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