Church’s free meals fill a grow­ing need

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The soup kitchen at Porirua’s Elim Church has been oper­at­ing only a short time but or­gan­is­ers say it is ob­vi­ous there is a need for it.

The church, in He­riot Dr, set up the lunchtime meals four weeks ago.

Food is served ev­ery Wed­nes­day from noon till 2pm, and the num­ber of din­ers has grown from 20 to 40.

A three-course meal is avail­able, with soup, bread rolls, a main and dessert, all free.

The food is pre­pared on-site by about 10 church mem­bers, some of whom have pro­fes­sional food train­ing.

Co-or­gan­iser Tai Roach says they can cater for up to 100 peo­ple, hav­ing bor­rowed the idea from the Sal­va­tion Army and a sim­i­lar scheme in South Auck­land.

The Porirua branch of the Sal­va­tion Army has do­nated food to help.

‘‘We don’t want to com­pete with other meals that are be­ing of­fered, this is just about help­ing peo­ple in the community get a de­cent meal. Word-of-mouth has seen good num­bers, but we can feed a lot more, we want this to build.

‘‘So far we’ve had re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back, so we can see the need is there, peo­ple are re­ally strug­gling and this is a way to take a lit­tle bit of stress off.’’

Ms Roach says the Wed­nes­day meal is as much about so­cial­is­ing, for the peo­ple who pre­pare the food and those that come to eat.

All of the din­ers Kapi-Mana News talked to spoke in glow­ing terms about the food pre­pared and the friendly ban­ter from church mem­bers.

One man said it was the first three-course meal he had ever had.

All are wel­come.

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