Food from the heart

Sunbury Neighbourhood Kitchen founder Marianne Williams (right) with Sunbury Salvation Army volunteers. (SNK) 245632_01

Oliver Lees

The Sunbury Neighbourhood Kitchen (SNK) has adapted its operations to keep serving hot meals to those most in need through Victoria’s lockdown.

A volunteer enterprise, SNK was founded by Marianne and Neil Williams in 2013, as they sought to find a use for the excess food they were producing through their business, N&M Catering and Party Hire.

The charity has evolved to include more than 50 volunteers.

Before the pandemic, anyone in need could gather in the Sunbury Memorial Hall on a Monday night to enjoy a free meal prepared by SKN volunteers.

Ms Williams said she was motivated to find a way to keep helping the community despite the COVID-19 restrictions in place across the state.

“The uncertainty of life right now, it’s not just our regular people that might need a meal, we’re trying to get the word out to new people, because it could be anyone,” Ms Williams said.

“We’ve started plating up meals in takeaway containers for people to come and collect and our volunteers also deliver meals directly to homes.

“Everything is cooked from scratch, from the heart.”

On last Monday, SNK volunteers provided 77 meals made from ingredients donated by individuals and businesses.

The SNK is open Monday’s from 5-7pm.

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