Hungry Gold Coasters chow down on free lunch thanks to Red Rooster

Close to 100 homeless and hungry locals are feeling quite full today, after being treated to a free roast meal.

Red Rooster, together with Foodbank, served up fresh roast chicken meals to struggling Gold Coasters at the Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre at lunchtime.

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Locals being served their Red Rooster lunch at the Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre. PHOTO:


While the line-up of people wanting a free feed was out the door, there was plenty of food to go around with 30 whole roast chickens, 25 tubs of large coleslaw, 25 tubs of large peas, 25 trays of large roast vegetables and plenty of gravy plated up throughout the meal service.

Manager of the Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre Jonathan Brook told myGC the organisation was thrilled to receive the tasty donation. “We can’t thank Red Rooster and the Foodbank enough,” he said. “It’s a great example for other organisations to follow. We can’t get enough help to provide meals for the people who are homeless or who are less fortunate. We feed homeless and struggling Gold Coasters 6 days a week, and last financial year we provided over 17500 meals.”

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A Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre volunteer prepares the coleslaw. PHOTO:

Over the next two weeks, Red Rooster will be delivering free roast chicken meals to charities and food kitchens across Australia as part of the launch of their new national delivery service. 100,000 free Roast Chickens will also be delivered to customers who use the new Red Rooster online ordering system.

Red Rooster’s CEO Chris Green said the Aussie brand has a spirit of helping others.”With the national launch of delivery, it has enabled us to work with FoodBank and their partner charities Australia-wide to deliver hot roast chicken meals to those in need, from disadvantaged kids through to the elderly and homeless.”

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Red Rooster’s Denis Roche prepares the roast vegetables. PHOTO:

Foodbank Australia’s CEO Brianna Casey said there are more than 2 million Australians who seek food assistance every year. “The face of hunger in Australia is diverse, it’s not just who you’d think. It’s parents, children, students, Gen Y, the elderly, the unemployed, the underemployed, the retired, in cities, rural towns and remote areas. For most, the need for food assistance stems from unexpected bills or loss of work and these hot, wholesome chicken meals will go a long way to relieving some stress for families and individuals for whom adequate and nutritious food has become a luxury.”