Hot meals making a difference in Maitland
On Wednesday I had the pleasure of catching up with Roger MacFarlane and some of the team who facilitate the Maitland Uniting Church MUNCH Program, an initiative which is proudly supported by Maitland City Council.
The aim of the program is to not only ensure that disadvantaged people in the community are provided with nutritious food during the week, but also that they find a welcoming space where they feel acceptance and friendship. In talking with Roger, he also said that a bonus outcome of the program is that the clients learn from their experiences at MUNCH and are better able to cater for themselves and to engage more positively with others in the community.
The free sit down, two course dinners are put on every Monday and Wednesday evening at the Maitland Uniting Church and usually sees around 60 people attend. It has been going for well over 20 years and is staffed by volunteers from local churches as well as the wider community. There are also qualified chefs and kitchen hands who look after the kitchen.
We are indebted to all these volunteers and I know for sure that all your hard work is hugely appreciated. Knowing that these sorts of programs are run in the Maitland community fills me with a lot of pride and it’s great that Maitland City Council is well and truly behind them, too.
Maitland Tutorial Centre
This week I also had the opportunity to visit Maitland Tutorial Centre who won a ‘Garden Blitz’ grant from the Your Organics Team.
Using the money and materials which were sourced solely from garden organics bins, they gave their garden a real make over and it was great to see. I was actually able to attend on the day a couple of months ago and it was wonderful to see the transformation in person. In one day the area was landscaped, irrigation was installed, soil was rejuvenated, natives planted, garden beds were filled and it was all topped off with sandstone seating and a bench made totally from recycled plastic bags.
Congratulations to all involved, especially the students and teachers that pulled it together.