Souped-up kitchen


Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

AN El­len­brook meal kitchen which pro­vides meals to more than 1000 peo­ple in need per week has a new home at the El­len­brook Dis­trict Open Space, mak­ing it more ac­ces­si­ble for those do­ing it tough.

The El­len­brook and Oldridge Soup and Meal Kitchen has gone from cook­ing 200 meals to more than 2000 free meals per week in the past three months.

The soup kitchen, which started from hum­ble be­gin­nings in res­i­dent Lor­raine Oldridge’s own kitchen, will now be able to pro­vide meals to more peo­ple thanks to help from the City of Swan.

Ms Oldridge said coun­cil­lors Kevin Bai­ley and Cate Mccullough had been es­sen­tial in or­gan­is­ing the move.

“It’s taken the pres­sure off not hav­ing the meal kitchen at my own house,” she said.

“The com­mu­nity also feels bet­ter about hav­ing it there and it’ll be less con­fronting for peo­ple who are in need. I’m hop­ing now I’ll be able to help more home­less peo­ple too.”

Ms Oldridge said the meal kitchen had grown be­yond her wildest dreams in the past three months.

“Our prod­uct range that we are do­nat­ing has changed; we now sup­ply baby for­mula, cloth­ing and are help­ing find fur­ni­ture and stock­ing fridges for those who are re­ally do­ing it tough,” she said

“We are also mak­ing 200 sand­wiches per week and giv­ing fruit to schools in El­len­brook for stu­dents who don’t have any lunch.”

Ms Oldridge started the meal kitchen in hon­our of her mother, who was al­ways will­ing to help oth­ers.

She said com­mu­nity sup­port and lo­cal busi­nesses were an in­te­gral part of the op­er­a­tion.

“The sup­port from the City of Swan and Kevin Bai­ley and Cate Mccullough has meant every­thing,” she said.

“If it wasn’t for them I think I would have failed by now.

“There are so many busi­nesses who sup­ply fruit and ve­g­ies, bread and juices to use each week and I post a list on our Face­book page each week and the com­mu­nity helps pro­vide what I need that week.”

Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright said the City was pleased to help the meal kitchen.

“The soup kitchen will operate from the City’s El­len­brook Dis­trict Open Space fa­cil­ity ev­ery Fri­day as a stan­dard book­ing un­til the end of De­cem­ber. We are very pleased that we have been able to as­sist Lor­raine and the fan­tas­tic work she is do­ing in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Coun­cil­lor Bai­ley said the meal kitchen was an out­stand­ing char­ity.

“The need out in El­len­brook is quite un­be­liev­able,” he said

“I was quite shocked by just how many peo­ple were do­ing it tough and it’s great that we can help Lor­raine make a dif­fer­ence.”

The El­len­brook and Oldridge Soup and Meal Kitchen runs from 4 to 6.30pm ev­ery Fri­day at the El­len­brook Dis­trict Open Space on Maf­fina Pa­rade in El­len­brook.

Any­one who is in need or look­ing to do­nate is en­cour­aged to visit the Face­book page El­len­brook Oldridge Soup and Meal Kitchen.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Soul food: Coun­cil­lors Kevin Bai­ley and Cate McCullough with Lor­raine Oldridge (cen­tre) are help­ing those who do it tough by pro­vid­ing free food through the El­len­brook and Oldridge Soup and Meal Kitchen.­mu­ni­ d473920

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