TUCKI IN: Margi Walker and Gail Mendes have lunch at Nullum House, Murwillumbah Community Centre.
TUCKI IN: Margi Walker and Gail Mendes have lunch at Nullum House, Murwillumbah Community Centre. Nolan Verheij-Full

More need for free meals

IT’S a little-known secret that community groups want you to know about.

Nullum House at the Murwillumbah Community Centre provides free dinner and lunches Monday to Friday.

Not just for the homeless, the meals are for single mothers with children to feed, the elderly living on their own, and anyone in hardship.

Russell Smith of The Seventh Day Adventist Church, Murwillumbah, has organised about 40 volunteers from the region’s Presbyterian, Christ and Connexions churches to provide meals.

“The number seeking us out is fluctuating,” he said.

“Some of the single men that come along to this just need the company.

“That’s why its proper name is now the Food and Friendship Kitchen.”

Mr Smith said more singles and families would be “welcome and safe” to attend.

Volunteer Tritura Black said up to nine helpers from the Meditation Farm at Doon Doon had supplied vegetarian meals for the program since 2013.

She said the farm had seen a 20% increase in demand for lunch.

“The age range varies and sometimes a mother will bring in a child. More often than not, they’re single people,” she said.

“We try to make it healthy and delicious. Sometimes we make a really giant pot and spend a lot of time fine-tuning it, like we would feed our loved ones,” she said.

Single mother of three, Amanda Weeks, attends lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays and gets referrals to other community services through Nullum House.

“It is the heart of the community and it has changed my life, through help when I was in hardship and through social interaction,” she said.

“And it’s not just about welfare ... sometimes we’re eating food from Coles that has been thrown away.

“It’s about lessening the impact on the environment.”

“Come down and see for yourself.”

More information on 02 6672 3003.

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