THE DELI: Ashton Matthews, Michelle McPhee, Kahli Olesen and Casey Christensen.
THE DELI: Ashton Matthews, Michelle McPhee, Kahli Olesen and Casey Christensen. Mike Knott BUN010719DEL1

Deli serves up jobs for people with disabilities

BUNDY has welcomed a new culinary experience to the region and one that is focused on providing support and employment to the disabled community.

The Deli opened yesterday. Integrated Disability Support Services manager Michelle McPhee said the concept was developed, after the success of their weekly cooking classes.

"Bundaberg didn't have a deli, so we thought it was an amazing opportunity to bring these beautiful cheeses and small goods to the community," she said. "The Deli is part of IDSS ... and this is the very first of our ventures.

"We have about 15 staff members that will be working here initially and the majority identify as having a disability.

"They are employed in an open employment space whereas most disability workers are employed under a supportive wage system, so our staff are being paid the same amount, as opposed to a percentage of the normal wages."

The Deli offers customers an indulgent range of high quality meats and cheeses.

"We stock amazing cheeses from Spain, France, Wales, Denmark and Italy," MsMcPhee said.

"There will also be lots of small goods with different flavours and textures and something new every week.

"You can also create your own cheese platter, which we place in really beautiful packaging and is perfect for catering, functions or just a trip to the beach on the weekend.

"If you get in early enough, we even offer a delivery option, which provides another job avenue for people that don't want to work in the kitchen."

The menu also features gourmet pizzas, salads, sandwiches and more.

At 31 Targo St, The Deli is open seven days a week.