Free lunch for all in Mossman
THE Mossman Community Centre rolls out the welcome mat for a free hearty lunch every Wednesday and is calling for volunteers to lend a hand.
Originally called the Soup Kitchen, which was started as part of the Lend Lease Springboard project, community development officer Jill Bradley explained the community kitchen has now been running for over 12 months.
“We have volunteers who come in and cook hearty meals, it’s a place for people to come and socialise and also check out other services we offer,” she said.
“It was first initiated because we saw a need to get people into the centre for other reasons and to offer people lunch is very good, some people might be going without food, it might be a hard week.
“It is an opportunity for people in the community who might be socially isolated who want to come and connect and feel they are part of the community and we get quite a mixed bag of people.”
The meals vary each week and are free but if you want to and are able to donate money towards the lunch, it helps with buying the following week’s lunch.
“We will generally do a meat dish with rice or potato and veggies, a hot cooked meal and our volunteers select what we going to have,” Jill said.
“If anyone wants to volunteer at the community centre, they can volunteer to do some reception work, gardening, serving, washing up or anything like that.
“Come chat with me and we can talk about what it’s like to be a volunteer and what opportunities there are.”
The lunch is from 12pm to 1.30pm every Wednesday except for December 28, but there will be a big community lunch on Christmas Day at the Douglas Shire Hall, with seafood, a roast, salad and Christmas cake.