Mandurah Coastal Times - - COASTAL TIMES -

PEEL Com­mu­nity Kitchen is ap­peal­ing for do­na­tions and spon­sor­ship to keep the es­sen­tial ser­vice run­ning.

Vol­un­teers co-or­di­na­tor El­iz­a­beth Lip­scombe said de­mand for the ser­vice had more than dou­bled in the past two years.

What started out as a soup van seven years ago has grown into pro­vid­ing food parcels five days a week from the Sutton Street Hall.

The kitchen’s team of vol­un­teers serve about 100 peo­ple each day.

“In ad­di­tion to sup­ply­ing food and bev­er­ages, the kitchen of­fers a safe, ac­cept- Pop­u­la­tion Health Needs As­sess­ment: Perth South (WA Pri­mary Health Al­liance 2016) Sig­nif­i­cantly higher rates of men­tal health con­di­tions, harm­ful al­co­hol con­sump­tion and poor health in Man­durah com­pared to other ar­eas in the South Perth re­gion, State and or na­tional av­er­ages. Con­found­ing ef­fects of high un­em­ploy­ment, lack of af­ford­able hous­ing and men­tal health is­sues in Man­durah have con­trib­uted to the ris­ing lev­els of in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity who are in ur­gent need of help. Poor phys­i­cal and men­tal health has re­sulted in a large in­crease in in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity who are now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial, so­cial and emo­tional strain.

ing and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are strug­gling with day-to-day liv­ing and are in need of sup­port and friend­ship,” Ms Lip­scombe said.

“Iso­la­tion and lack of so­cial sup­port are known con­tribut­ing fac­tors to men­tal ill­nesses

such as de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and sub­stance abuse.”

The kitchen runs with­out gov­ern­ment fund­ing and is re­liant on the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity. Call 0420 293 538 or visit www.peel­com­mu­ni­tyk­

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