Free lunch for all in Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.

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