Hampers to ease holiday closure of community kitchen

ABOVE: Volunteers serve the Friday meal at the Casino Community Kitchen. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Susanna Freymark

Friday was the last sit-down meal to be served at the Casino Community Kitchen until next year.

A special Christmas dinner was served by volunteers and everyone had hoped the final supper would also be a farewell to Margaret Davidson who set up the kitchen four years ago.

Unfortunately, Margaret wasn’t feeling well. New president and chef Terrell Lohman said she had big shoes to fill stepping into Margaret’s position.

“Margaret’s network is phenomenal,” Terrell said.

Margaret is leaving the area early next year, and her gift of the community kitchen is an inspiring one.

Secretary Trudy Lamont said while the community kitchen was closed until the first week in February, the team were putting together hampers for families doing it tough during the holiday season.

Volunteers would drop off hampers where needed.

Trudy said they had 10 volunteers and were always looking for more.

Donations of goods for the hampers were also needed.

A farmer had come into the kitchen and donated a basket of carrots, Trudy said.

Contact the kitchen through their Facebook page – Casino Community Kitchen Inc.

The kitchen provides free, nutritious meals to anyone in need from 4pm every Friday afternoon at 85 North Street, Casino. Takeaway is also available and donated grocery items and bread are often available to take home for free.

Anyone needing assistance during the holiday period can contact Terrell on 0400 155 392.

Serving food at the kitchen last year. Margaret Davidson is second from the right. Photo: Susanna Freymark

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