A NEW BASE: Burnie City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite (front) with volunteer Nicole Moorby and Emu Bay Lions Club member and driver Garry Love. Picture: Kate Prestt.WITH winter just around the corner, those using Burnie’s City Kitchen now don’t have to eat out in the weather.
City Kitchen and the outreach service of City Mission served its first meal on June 8, 2009.
Now almost three years later, they have secured a new home forming a partnership with the Burnie Community House, Shorewell.
City Kitchen coordinator Betty Hite said it was a dream come true that those accessing the service on Mondays and Wednesdays would now not only be able to get their meal at all the usual places and at the car park at the former Acton school, but they would also be able to come inside and sit and eat at the community house or take their food home.
Burnie Community House coordinator Tracey Edington-Mackay said with a new kitchen, thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund grant, it made sense to welcome Burnie City Kitchen volunteers to prepare the meals and those who access the service to have somewhere to eat.
“I see those who access the service out in the cold and the dark and it just seemed the logical thing to open the house up and have a partnership with City Kitchen,” Ms Edington- Mackay said.
Tomorrow there will be an open day for volunteers and those interested in learning what City Kitchen does to come and familiarise themselves with the house, kitchen and the frameworks they will work within.
Burnie City Kitchen may widen its service.
“We are in negotiations with other venues, one in Wynyard and another in Burnie, but it’s too early to give any details,” Mrs Hite said.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.