Cooking for the vulnerable

HEYFIELD Community Resource Centre isn’t going to let a little thing like law-enforced social distancing sanctions get in the way of providing for its vulnerable community members.

After coronavirus restrictions put an end to its sit-down community lunches, the centre has moved to offering take-away meals, along with a delivery service, to vulnerable residents each Wednesday.

This adaption to its regular service complies with the government’s COVID-19 restrictions around food service.

Centre manager Caroline Trevorrow said the demand for the meals had been growing, with the number of meals prepared by volunteers growing from 30 to about 120 a week.

“The response from the community has been incredible, and our volunteers have really stepped up to the challenge to create new menu options each week,” she said.

“Some of the favourites with community members have been silverside and veggies, lamb shank soup, shepherd’s pie, chicken curry pies and spaghetti bolognaise.

“We try and keep the cost down as much as we can, offering the take-away meals for $5 each,” Ms Trevorrow said, adding the centre had been fortunate to have some produce donated from local businesses.

While Neighbourhood Houses have been directed to close their doors to the public, the centre remains committed to supporting the community where it can by offering essential services such as food relief programs.

Lunches can be pre-ordered each week, and the menu is posted on the Heyfield Community Resource Centre’s Facebook page.

“The delivery service is a way for more vulnerable members of our community to be able to access healthy, home-cooked meals, and a chance for us to check-in with them to ensure they are going okay,” Ms Trevorrow said.