Soup kitchen a warm­ing ad­di­tion

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

MORE than 60 lo­cals cel­e­brated a soup kitchen’s first birth­day in Chiltern last week.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Peter Evans who started the Black Dog Soup Kitchen, has served over 3,500 hearty free meals with the help of vol­un­teers dur­ing the last 12 months of his mid­week oper­a­tion.

Awarded Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year by Indigo Shire Coun­cil in this year’s Aus­tralia Day Awards, the kitchen op­er­ates from the Li­ons Club kiosk in the main street of Chiltern and has be­come a so­cial hub for the town on Wed­nes­day evenings rain, hail or shine.

“It has de­vel­oped as a gath­er­ing from lit­tle kids with their fam­i­lies to older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,” Mr Evans said.

Mr Evans’ wife Karen or­gan­ises weekly home de­liv­er­ies too which vol­un­teers help drop off to more than 20 el­derly and dis­abled peo­ple or those who have re­turned from hospi­tal and are un­able to make the evening.

Mr Evans said he had been lucky in his 40-year ca­reer with a well-paid job where he trav­elled the world.

“Many peo­ple don’t get that op­por- tu­nity, and to travel,” he said.

“Things can be tough with un­em­ploy­ment, ill­ness and older peo­ple can be iso­lated too.

“The soup kitchen brings peo­ple to­gether from all walks of life in the com­mu­nity and it’s a place for ev­ery­one.”

Chiltern lo­cal Pat Hol­but said it was a friendly place to be and drew peo­ple to­gether from all around the area.

Chiltern’s Daniel Tan­ner who en­joys the evenings with his fam­ily, said his son Jake helped Karen with home de­liv­er­ies.

“Peo­ple get the op­por­tu­nity to chat when the meals are dropped in as well,” he said.

Lo­cal res­i­dent He­len Hay also said home de­liv­er­ies pro­vided an ex­tra pair of eyes on older peo­ple for their fam­i­lies once a week.

“Pete has done an amaz­ing job and ev­ery week’s menu is dif­fer­ent,” she said.

PHOTO: Co­ral Cook­sley.

CEL­E­BRA­TION: (from left) Chiltern lo­cals Pat Hol­but and Daniel Tan­ner with his daugh­ter Amelia and son Jake, joined Karen and Peter Evans for the Black Dog Soup Kitchen’s first birth­day last week.

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