Free flour to encourage Bunbury residents not to panic

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Drooleys Pizza Lounge owner Julien Kayrouz is encouraging elderly and people in need to collect free flour from the store.
Camera IconDrooleys Pizza Lounge owner Julien Kayrouz is encouraging elderly and people in need to collect free flour from the store. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

With the community reeling from COVID-19 regulations and shutdowns, a Bunbury pizza shop has shown compassion by giving away free flour to the elderly and people in need.

Drooleys Pizza Lounge owners Julien Kayrouz and Nassim Saadeh decided to offer free flour to those who needed it and even went as far as delivering the bags to some people who could not make it to the store to help people ease their panic.

“We go to the supermarket as well and we see the shelves empty. People are panicking,” Mr Kayrouz said.

“We know flour is not going to run out, it’s just that the supply chain is not quick enough for people to get all their needs all at once.

The number one ingredient in a pizza shop is flour and if we can give it for free then it definitely means there’s no need to panic.

Julien Kayrouz

Mr Kayrouz encouraged the community to share the word that if they were desperate, Drooleys Pizza Lounge had 1kg bags of flour they could offer.

“We’re trying to help as much as we can,” he said.

Drooleys Pizza Lounge is giving away free flour to elderly and people in need.
Camera IconDrooleys Pizza Lounge is giving away free flour to elderly and people in need.

The new Federal Government restrictions around hospitality have affected businesses throughout the community, with Drooleys also taking a hit.

“Restrictions have affected us really bad,” Mr Kayrouz said.

“We expected delivery to spike, but that’s not the case at all.”

Mr Kayrouz said he was worried for his staff and himself but understood the severity of COVID-19.

“Money is nothing if you think about the virus and how vicious it is — safety is important,” he said.

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