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Cooking Up for Reaching Out

The St Mary’s College community started supporting the charity Reaching Out in the Inner West in Term 2, 2021.

This charity is a local non-for-profit organisation that relies solely on community support for the benevolent work they do. They provide home cooked vegetarian meals, non-perishable food items, clothing, blankets and sleeping bags to people experiencing homelessness or generally struggling. The charity has been operating for over 15 years and the increase in demand for food has sadly never been greater. Reports are the lines are longer than ever, as the pandemic continues to play havoc with our lives and cold weather hits Melbourne.

The Food Technology department have been rescuing food from the donations received to Reaching Out and each Wednesday, an enthusiastic team of 6-9 volunteer students give up their lunchtime to cook 50 meals a week to support those in need. The student enthusiasm for this task has been overwhelming, many wanting to help those in need and finding a way in which they can actually make a difference.

Both Year 9 and Year 10 students donate part of what they cook in their Food Technology practical classes. The Senior students at Presentation Campus, perhaps drawn towards the aromas, have also created a Friday lunch cook-up to contribute meals for this charity. Reaching Out in the Inner West are extremely grateful for the continuing support of our College and students for committing to cooking for those in need.

If you would like to donate to Reaching Out in the Inner West, a collection point is set up in The Footscray Mall on a Monday evenings. They accept fresh produce, readymade meals, clothing and long-life grocery items.  Ready made meals are extremely important as many recipients don’t have the ability or means to cook for themselves.

We are very proud of our students' commitment, joining a greater team of volunteers who cook essential meals every week. We know our students' meaningful contribution is a reflection of their compassion and justice as they develop as caring citizens who are making a difference.  

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