Tonight I went to Christ Church in Geelong for a service for the volunteers of the Meals and Food program given by this Anglican church. It was a very good worship service, with many people attending - both volunteers and recipients of the gracious gifts of meals and food parcels/boxes. First Bite is another organisation in Geelong that passes on food to needy people. It was good to be there tonight and share in supper afterwards, and be able to talk with some of the volunteers as our family has been a recipient of some of their gifts.
A website about
Geelong’s efforts to assist the poor and needy with gifts
Of food supplies or
A list of numerous
places in Geelong to obtain a free meal or food supplies.
An example of an
Anglican church in Geelong that is putting faith into practical outcomes such as
meals and food relief. (Notes below are from the Christ Church website.)
Christ Church provides
free breakfast seven days a week throughout the year and an evening meal every
Monday and Wednesday. The Community Meals Program is well known and is a
respected contribution to welfare in Geelong. Our guests come from a range of backgrounds -
street kids, homeless people, schoolchildren, people who need company as much
as food, the unemployed, stranded travellers and families. Those who come for a meal
are welcomed regardless of their circumstances and for some the meal at Christ
Church may be their main meal of the day; for others it is their only meal.
The Meals Programme is
run entirely by volunteers, sometimes with the assistance of students from
different local schools. The Program is registered with the Anglican Benevolent
Society Inc., and so donations made to the Program when accompanied by the appropriate
paperwork are tax deductible.
BREAKFAST 7.30-9.00AM EVERY DAY - is available to any person. A
substantial breakfast is
served 365 days of
the year, comprising hot drinks, toast, cereal, and a
cooked breakfast. Approximately 10,000 breakfasts are provided per
year. Volunteers and donations to support this program are provided
by many community organisations, several Anglican Parishes and the St Mary,s
congregation, local community groups and service organisations.
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY -
5.00-6.30pm On both Monday evening and Wednesday evening a two course main meal is served
in the Parish Hall, with tea, coffee and cordial provided. Approximately 5000 meals
are served each year. Service Clubs and the general public provide funds; Glynn
Harvey provides 10kg of peeled potatoes per week and other goods from time to time. TasmanMeats
in Belmont provides a substantial amount of meat each month. Both
breakfasts and the Monday/ Wednesday evening meals are served at the Parish Hall.
EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEF. During the hours when Christ Church is open for visitors each
week day (usually Monday-Friday 12.00-2.00pm), emergency food relief is available for
pensioners,health care card holders, and those in need. Strong demand
requires that emergency
food relief canonly be accessed by each person once per month. Annually approximately
350 people use this service. The St. John Of God Lighthouse
Foundation provides items
for the food cupboard which are supplementedfrom donations in kind by parishioners and
others in the community. Emergency relief enquiries are handled by the volunteers who
open the Church each week day for visitors.
If you are interested
in volunteering to help at either the Breakfast or evening Meals programme, or in
supporting the emergency food relief program, contact Jan McGowan (Breakfast
Programme), Ann Howarth (Evening Meals Programme) or Elva Wise (Emergency Food
relief) via the Parish Office.