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More than a meal Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre Community Meals

Our "More Than a Meal" program has served 62,000 meals to community members since 2016 and helped many with social isolation and improved overall well being.

The Courtyard is now the place to serve Community Meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 12.30pm - 1.30pm ONLY.

All community meals are free of charge, a donation toward costs is always appreciated. $5 buys one meal, help us to continue this service by donating today

What We Did in 2016

More Than a Meal

Program Outline

History

In early 2015 it was identified that there was a need in our community for people to access a wholesome cooked meal. Initially it was to be a meal prepared in partnership with St Martins church and the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre, two days per week. The meal would be prepared utilising donated food from various businesses in the area, (food rescue).

At the start of this project, there were approximately 10-20 meals served on a Tuesday and Thursday. Fast forward to today and the program still serves up between 15 and 30 meals per day, but due to COVID has remained static for now. We have made and served 1,354 meals  to the Community between January and June 2021.

Aim

The service is designed to offer more than a meal, therefore reducing social isolation and promoting social inclusion. It is a space where people can come together, develop new friendships and share their story.

Creating this space also facilitates a 'soft entry point' for people who may need to access other services available at the Neighbourhood Centre. For example, community support, women's services, legal aid etc.

Also to provide a free nutritious meal to the community in an environment that is welcoming and non-judgemental. The criteria for people utilising this service? 'Anyone who is hungry'

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