In times of uncertainty, a hot meal and friendly chat never goes by unnoticed for people in need.
An increased number of delicious hot meals, ranging from roast chicken to frittatas, are being dished up weekly to the homeless and vulnerable, by the Church of Boronia and Bayswater Church of Christ.
David Deith, administrator for Boronia and Bayswater Churches of Christ, said that the churches were encouraged by the number of people who have been coming in regularly for a meal in recent times.
"Throughout last year, we were shut down by COVID-19 and doing takeaway meals for those in need, but this year we’ve noticed more people coming in for a meal so we thought we’d open up a second offering in Bayswater,” David says.
The Boronia Church of Christ provides a sit-down lunch from 12pm on Mondays, and the Bayswater church provides dinner from 5pm on Fridays.
David said approximately 75 people have been receiving meals regularly since the service began a few years ago, and each week they prepare and serve up around 40 meals across the two sites.
“We just really enjoy getting to know the people who come in for our meals, and we will walk around and chat to them, get to know them, it’s a great sense of community and we’ve grown to love these people who are doing it tough.
“I think what has been revealed to me through this experience is an appreciation of being able to have a hot meal each day, and how much we all can take it for granted.
With financial support from the community, churches and Council, the hot meals initiative is able to continue for another 12 months.
“We are always on the lookout for news way to support this initiative. Our meals days are run by volunteers from our church community and we pay for a coordinator to work on the Friday.