Monday Tucker is looking to get back on track

Monday Tucker hopes to be back serving hot meals to vulnerable people as soon as it can.

MONDAY Tucker, which provides nutritious meals for vulnerable people, is looking for options to resume.


Until the brakes were put on the service, every Monday evening, Monday Tucker and community volunteers served hot family-style meals to people struggling in the community.


It launched in 2012, with 20 to 30 people attending each week.


Most recently volunteers served up to 80 people, and the numbers were increasing.


Those who attended came for a nutritious meal and the opportunity to meet new friends and find social contact.


Young couples with small children, single parents, homeless youth, the elderly, and the unemployed, many of whom were finding life tough, found friendship, support and care at Monday Tucker.


Monday Tucker’s group partners are Victoria Police and the Sale Memorial Hall, and it is strongly supported by the Wellington Shire.


Many community groups, businesses and individuals provide funding, supplies and volunteers, including Sale Rotary Club.


Because of COVID regulations, Monday Tucker has been unable to use Sale Memorial Hall as a venue for much of the last year and this year.


The hall committee tried to make the best of the situation when the hall was largely unused, and undertook interior restoration works.


Monday Tucker organisers anticipated being able to resume operations in the hall by July 5, but storms caused damage to the hall which required yet more work.


There is now no clear resumption date, but Monday Tucker volunteers are keen to re-establish, with the need for the service now quite likely to be even greater than before.


Organisers are negotiating with Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre, a group of mostly ex-military service personnel, who are in the west wing of the Sale Memorial Hall complex.


“They have a venue suitable to run our program with some minor modifications and equipment upgrades,” a Monday Tucker spokesperson said.


“The committee is confident we could make it work with Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre support.”


When this venue becomes available, it will enable Monday Tucker to regain momentum and recommence services close to where it was before.


“Monday Tucker is also planning to reach out to all its supporter and other community organisations, to help us get the word out to all our past and potentially new clients,” the spokesperson said.


“We will provide information and details that can be easily passed on to any people who wish to be referred to us.”