Expanded Great Life Church community dinners on cards thanks to CoC grant


Rose Kennedy, Margaret Hoogewerf and Cheryl Aldersea in the Great Life Church kitchen.
Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d466016
Rose Kennedy, Margaret Hoogewerf and Cheryl Aldersea in the Great Life Church kitchen. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d466016

A LOCAL church has doubled its ability to feed vulnerable members of the community.

Yangebup’s Great Life Church bought a new oven and stovetop after it received a $2100 grant from the City of Cockburn.

The church has offered fortnightly community dinners during school terms since mid-2015, a move organisers hoped would support the community’s most isolated.

About 30 people attend the dinners, while about 50 people visited for Christmas.

Dinner table co-ordinator Kathryn Stevens said the new appliances would help volunteers meet growing demand.

“Having a fully functioning oven and stovetop makes it easier to be able to serve our meals and expands the options we may be able to do in the future,” she said.

“It has doubled our capacity in terms of the amount we are able to cook – we are now able to serve 70 to 100 people.”

Besides offering an important meal to those who otherwise might have gone hungry, Ms Stevens – who initiated the dinners with project partner Liz Fairall in 2015 – said the dinners offered the community’s most isolated a place where they could spend time with other people.

“Our aim has always been to not only provide a meal but also create a place where people can meet others, especially those who may be lonely and not have a community of people around them,” she said.

“We’ve definitely seen that during the time we’ve been running.

The next community dinner is on Monday, March 13.

The church will be open from 6-8pm. It is on the corner of Yangebup Road and Williambury Drive.