CatholicCare Hunter-Manning opened our first Community Kitchen in Taree in December 2015 with the aim of providing a safe and welcoming environment for those in need. Since then, our Kitchen has gone from strength to strength, with a second location opening in Forster Tuncurry. We have served more than 44,000 meals to vulnerable people in our local community over the last six years between these locations.
In response to the growing number of people seeking emergency food assistance, the Community Kitchens operate in partnership with the Community Care Pantry to provide non-perishable food to those in need. The Community Kitchens also offer fresh fruit and vegetable packs from surplus donations each day.
Everybody is welcome at our Community Kitchens. On average, we serve approximately 50 hot and nutritious meals each day of operation, but the kitchen offers far more than just a meal. With the assistance of volunteers, CatholicCare has created a space where people can feel safe and enjoy the company of others. The kitchen is also an opportunity for disadvantaged people to access other services via information and referral.
CatholicCare Community Kitchens provide support to those experiencing financial hardship, homelessness, mental illness, physical/intellectual disability, substance abuse and social isolation.
Our Community Kitchens receive no government funding and rely on the generosity of volunteers and donors to continue providing these vital services.
Find out more about how you can support our Community Kitchens.