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• Inverell Citizen of the Year

Salvation Army Family Store Manager Zoe Hannam (centre) – with two volunteers from the community soup kitchen, Food for the Soul – displays her Local Citizen of the Year award.

The Salvation Army’s Family Store manager at Inverell in northern NSW has been recognised for her service to the community with an Australia Day Local Citizen of the Year award.


Four years ago, Zoe Hannam, who manages the Inverell Family Store four days a week, decided to act on the desires of her heart and set up a community soup kitchen called Food for the Soul. Inverell Corps jumped on board and offered its kitchen and hall for the initiative.


Food for the Soul runs every Wednesday night and also provides a meal for people in need on Christmas Day.


The awards ceremony, hosted by the Inverell Shire Council, was held in Victoria Park on Australia Day.

Zoe said receiving the award was a surprise: “I’m humbled, but it was a great opportunity to promote the soup kitchen.”


Congratulations Zoe!

– Lauren Martin

(Left) Zoe speaks at the presentation ceremony in Inverell after receiving her award; (Right) Zoe in the local Salvation Army hall where she started a weekly community soup kitchen.




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