Vegetable connections return

Paul Bibby

The Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre’s community lunch is back in business, and the centre is encouraging locals to come along, tuck in and connect.

Mel Williams, the co-ordinator of the More than a Meal program at the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre. Image Jeff Dawson

Having been forced to take a lengthy hiatus owing to COVID-19, the lunch, known as More Than A Meal, kicked off again last month with a weekly barbecue to be held on Wednesdays.

As of last week, the lunch is back to its regular timetable of four days a week, from Monday to Thursday.

‘The food is awesome – it’s super healthy and delicious – but it’s also a great chance to connect with your community’, said Mel Williams, who co-ordinates More Than A Meal.

‘COVID-19 has been a tough time for many people. There’s been quite a lot of fear and isolation going on.

‘This is a safe and simple way for people to reconnect with the community, and while you’re at the neighbourhood centre, you can also connect with any services or support that you might need’. 

The meals are being served up in the neighbourhood centre’s courtyard, with the required social distancing and hygiene guidelines in place. The produce used is donated by local grocery stores and collected by the centre’s food recovery van. 

‘We’ve expanded the food pick up to five days a week now which means we’ve got a stack of great, fresh produce to cook’, Ms Williams said. So much produce is now being donated that the Centre is seeking help to sort through and store it each day.

Vollies welcome

‘We’d love a few extra volunteers to help us sort through all the fruit and veggies’, Ms Williams said.

‘It would just be a couple of hours in the afternoon from 2.30pm, and it would make a huge difference to us’.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to call the centre on 6684 1286, or pop in for a chat between 9am and 4pm.

More Than A Meal takes place between 12.30 and 2pm Monday to Thursday in the courtyard next to the Centre, which is located at 55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby.

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