Our on-site chef prepares nutritious meals for our support users each day. This free service includes toast and cereal for breakfast, freshly baked cakes for morning tea and a hot, hearty lunch. Many of our support users live alone and do not take the time or have the resources to prepare a satisfying, healthy dinner at night so our meal service is vital for providing a daily dose of fruit and vegetables and ensuring no one is going to bed hungry.
Take-Home Meal Packs & Food Parcels
To extend our nutritional support, any food remaining from our lunch service is packaged into individual containers and offered as take-home meals for dinner that night. These nutritious dishes help to keep our support users well-nourished in the evenings when many people are less inclined to prepare a meal for themselves.
Since 2016, we have been fortunate to have Oz Harvest supplying us with weekly deliveries of fruit, vegetables and frozen meat. The food supplied by Oz Harvest is used by our chef for daily meals and is also allocated into fresh food parcels for our support users to take home.
We extended our food support service during the 2020 COVID-19 global pandemic. When our support users were suddenly unable to attend our Darlinghurst Centre, our staff ensured everyone stayed safe at home with food parcels delivered weekly to homes in Waterloo, Redfern and Surry Hills. We also teamed up with the Newtown Erskineville Anglican Church (NEAC)to distribute food parcels in the Newtown area.
Low Cost Meals for Seniors
Our popular ‘Low Cost Meals for Seniors’ program began in 2015 to encourage our support users to cook healthy meals at home.
Delivered by Beehive Ambassador and former Masterchef contestant, Kumar Pereira, the program teaches people how to create simple and nutritious meals on a limited budget.
Once a month, Kumar comes into our Darlinghurst centre to share his skills during friendly cooking demonstrations. Together, he and our support users create delicious, one pot meals that can be replicated at home.