Chiltern soup kitchen of­fers head­way

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY CORAL COOKSLEY

A SOUP kitchen which opened in Chiltern four weeks ago to sup­port peo­ple in the com­mu­nity has at­tracted an in­creas­ing num­ber seek­ing home-made, hearty meals.

For­mer in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and soft­ware en­gi­neer Peter Evans has started Black Dog Soup Kitchen to help peo­ple “in a use­ful way”.

And in a short while it has be­come a more than a kitchen – de­vel­op­ing a com­mu­nity fol­low­ing once a week at Chiltern’s Lions’ kiosk.

Peter’s tempt­ing meals have in­cluded pump­kin and veg­etable, potato and leek, and chicken soups, pies, sand­wiches and other tasty treats.

He said the soup kitchen gave peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise and in­te­grate over a meal.

“Peo­ple are do­ing it tough every­where,” he said.

About 90 cups of soup were dis­trib­uted in the first week of the kitchen’s op­er­a­tion and that num­ber has since in­creased 30 per cent.

“Every­one is wel­come and do­na­tions are, too.”

More than $400 in do­na­tions has been ploughed back into the kitchen in the past week.

“We also have a home de­liv­ery ser­vice for those who are un­able to get out,” Peter said.

Peter owns Black Dog and Pro­duce Olives, a small prop­erty in the Mt Pilot foothills be­tween Beech­worth and Chiltern.

Myrtle­ford chef Grant May­berry said the Black Olive sign caught his eye when he was out for a drive one day.

“I ex­plored and found out about the soup kitchen,” he said.

“It’s been great to give a help­ing hand to as­sist peo­ple through Pete.

“I’ve also been able to give a few tips to make soups even more yummy.”

Kris Piper said it was good for peo­ple to stick to­gether and sup­port one an­other.

“A much stronger com­mu­nity is cre­ated,” she said.

Peter said his logo de­picted a black dog – an em­blem of de­pres­sion aware­ness – with olive branches as a sign of peace.

He said it had all come to­gether for his new ven­ture.

The kitchen op­er­ates ev­ery Wed­nes­day 5-7pm.

HELP­ING OUT: Black Dog and Pro­duce Olives’ Peter Evans (left), who has started a free soup kitchen that op­er­ates once a week at Chiltern’s Lions’ kiosk, re­ceives com­pli­men­tary recipe tips from Myrtle­ford chef Grant May­berry.

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