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Everyone was getting into the festive spirit for the final community meal

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December 27, 2017

Everyone was getting into the festive spirit for the final community meal.

Families were getting ready to enjoy a Christmas meal.

Barbara Carlind and Meryl Mawson.

Bruce Harrison and Cr Vicki Neele.

THE St Andrew’s Anglican Church Community Meal has wrapped up for the year with one final feast.

About 90 people filled the church hall on December 11 for the social event to start the Christmas season.

In its 12th year, the community meal event has survived thanks to the tireless work of volunteers who serve nearly 60 people each week.

Volunteer Patti Harrison said the weekly meals were open to anyone who wants to come along and meet people without the expense of a restaurant dinner.

“We have a range of people attend and it’s not just the elderly,’’ she said.

‘‘It could be people who may be struggling financially, young families that are looking for a nice home-cooked meal or people who aren’t well enough to be able to cook for themselves.

“It’s a two-course meal and it makes sure people don’t have to worry about where their next meal may come from.”

Over the winter the kitchen has been a hive of activity with volunteers serving more than 60 people who walk through their doors.

To mark the final community kitchen for the year Campaspe Shire deputy mayor Vicki Neele attended to witness the volunteer’s efforts.

“We received a shire grant back in June so we invited her to thank her for the contribution towards the program because we will always need funding to keep it going,” Patti said.

The St Andrew’s Anglican Church Community Meal will start again in February.

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