The Soul Kitchen
Project coordinators – Rosa Del Ponte & Sarah McLoughlin
The most obvious requirement is to simply feed those who don’t have enough to eat. Just as important is to identify, engage and help the people who may end up in this situation in the near future. We conducted a survey of community services in the Blue Mountains and compiled the following report – Click here to view our Emergency Relief Practical Support Report.
We are operating the “Blue Mountains Soul Kitchen”… it will be a place where you can get more than just a meal if you are struggling…help with budgeting, life skills, financial planning and alleviation of the sense of isolation that comes with these problems.
Weekend opening is a direct response to recent research identifying this as a priority by the community services sector.
We have invited other organisations such as the police, mental health units and youth services to be involved. With these services collaborating with our clients we will create programs that are sustainable and directly respond to community needs.
We see food rescue as a means of supplying the kitchen and our community service partners food for distribution, whilst having significant environmental benefits.
We have had food contributions from Aldi, Bakers Delight, Salvation Army and Hominy Bakery.
We have had financial contributions from Bendigo Bank, Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre , Blue Mountains Family Support Service, Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre, Uniting Church, Rotary Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise Club and Coles.
Our wonderful Chef Steve, who has 40 years experience is planning on using the Soul Kitchen to train young people in aspects of the hospitality industry.
It would not be possible to run our kitchen without our fabulous volunteers.A big THANKYOU to all of you!