Peel Community Kitchen saved by State Govt funding


Mandurah Soup Kitchen secretary Angelo Gangemi, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, board member Esther Irvine, volunteer Lorna Mikhaiel and chairman Shane Jones.
Mandurah Soup Kitchen secretary Angelo Gangemi, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, board member Esther Irvine, volunteer Lorna Mikhaiel and chairman Shane Jones.

PEEL Community Kitchen is $50,000 better off after Mandurah MLA David Templeman kept a pre-election promise to support the organisation if WA Labor was elected.

Mr Templeman said the kitchen had been operating for some years but relied on the support of the City of Mandurah, local business and several individuals and community groups to keep going.

He said no substantial State Government funding, apart from Lotteries West, had been provided until now and acknowledged the work of volunteers, including board members of Peel Community Kitchen, who worked tirelessly to support vulnerable people.

“Every day dozens of people access the lunches and support provided by volunteers,’’ he said.

Chairman Shane Jones said the funding would go a long way to sustainability and buying new equipment and using local produce.

It would provide a strong base for pushing forward and finding more funding.

Mr Jones praised local donors and said the soup kitchen would not survive without the support and generosity of organisations such as LotteryWest, the City of Mandurah and local Rotary clubs.

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