EVERY Friday night Val Rowe and her sturdy group of volunteers gets ready to prepare a three course meal at the Soup Kitchen at the Griffith PCYC.
The Soup Kitchen started early this year in March and was primarily for young people, but now adults are also enjoying the meals. Val says she gets a lot of enjoyment from it, but needs the communities help with donations of food items to keep the Soup Kitchen running. Val says some of these people have not had a hot meal all week.
"It's not just about feeding these people, it's also getting them to socialise and open up to one another, it's a good social experience for us as well and you learn how fortunate you are to have what you have," said Val.
"These people have a lack of love and belonging and they all have a story to tell."
Although Val says local business houses have been extraordinarily generous to the on-going costs of the Soup Kitchen, Rossies, Bakers Delight, Donut King and Wendy's all assist with donations of food items or discounts, Val is hoping the community will get behind their Food Muster.
The Food Muster is an on-going program where members of the community donate non-perishable items by dropping them in to Val at MIA Birds and Fish in Griffith. Drop in an item by Saturday 7th of October, fill out a form to enter the draw to win a store voucher worth $100 at Ian Carter the Jewellery Specialist and MIA Birds and Fish.
Story by The GO Magazine, October 2006.