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Meals centre food gift a ‘godsend’

Thursday, 26th March, 2020

St Vincent de Paul Society’s Bishop Fox Meals Centre volunteer Sue McLennan serving up a meal.  PICTURE: Emily Ferguson St Vincent de Paul Society’s Bishop Fox Meals Centre volunteer Sue McLennan serving up a meal. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The St Vincent de Paul Society Broken Hill’s Bishop Fox Meals Centre has been on a rollercoaster ride thanks to the coronavirus. 

The meals centre Kitchen Supervisor Daina Cherry was concerned she would need to close due to being unable to secure food supplies from local supermarkets.

But thanks to a generous donation of food from the Demo Club after their closure, the centre is able to remain open. 

“Before the pubs and clubs shut down I was in a bad way because I couldn’t do enough shopping to buy enough food to feed everybody,” said Daina. 

“However the Demo Club have just rescued me and sent me enough food for a while anyway,” she said. “They sent roast meat, chops, pork cribs and vegetables, they’ve kept me out of trouble for a while.”

The team at the St Vinnies Bishop Fox Meals Centre said they are very appreciative and grateful to the Demo Clun for their generous donation, describing the donation as a “godsend”. 

For the time being, the centre hasn’t seen an increase in demand for their services.

“Not at the moment, it’s still usually the regulars but I’m expecting that as items become less and less available, I’m expecting more and more people to utilise this service.

“We open at 9.30 for soup and coffee but meals aren’t usually ready until 10 and then we stay here until we’re out which is about 12 o’clock these days.

“My volunteers are all in the high-risk area and so when there is a case confirmed in Broken Hill I will lose a lot,” she said. 

They have made some changes to their centre, with clients having to receive meals by waiting at the door rather than going inside to the dining room and sitting down for their meal as they usually would. 

The centre’s regular clientele include the homeless, elderly, those who can’t cook for themselves and families who are going through hardship.

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