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A grocer has figured out a way to offer free food to his customers and all they have to do is become part of “the club”.

A Queensland grocer has figured out a way to offer free food to his customers and all they have to do is become part of "the club".

Noel Roberts runs a discount grocery club at Eagleby, where for just a $3 per year membership, customers can get free bread, fruit and vegetables every day of the week.

"We just want to save the community money," he told 9News.

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Mr Roberts also sells big brands sourced and onsold at heavily discounted prices of up to 75 per cent off.

"Tinned spaghetti for under a dollar … packets of chips for 50 cents," he said.

"Right down to toiletries, cleaning products, household items, whatever we can get our hands on to make that dollar stretch further.

"Go to these places first before they go to the mainline supermarkets because your dollar will be stretched."

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Mr Roberts and his wife Gayle started the Twin Rivers Food Outlet more than 20 years ago with some tables and boxes out of the back of a truck.

Today, the Food Outlet reaches and helps over 100,000 customers annually.

On the northside, another church-run store offers a similar membership.

Organiser David Patch told 9News it's free to sign up - all you need is photo ID and customers can fill a box.

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"A family of any size can start with a $40 parcel and they can walk out with stuff that would cost maybe $150 down at the shops," he said.

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Everton Park mother-of-three Amanda Hinds said the store saves her family hundreds of dollars a week.

"I get a lot for my money and there is a lot of variety as well," she said. 

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/how-grocery-clubs-are-saving-queensland-families-money-on-their-essentials/bf90604a-6c07-4379-b72f-df2ed23387e6

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