Soup kitchen a warming addition
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.
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.