Karrinyup: Meals by Mums cooking up help for homeless people

Josephine Rodi-Germano, Nicola Wigley, Emma Cockman and Elissa Donegan. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Josephine Rodi-Germano, Nicola Wigley, Emma Cockman and Elissa Donegan. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

A GROUP of mothers at a Karrinyup school are banding together to help people experiencing homelessness.

Meals by Mums has cooked more than 2000 meals at Our Lady of Good Counsel School’s canteen, which support service The Shopfront collects and distributes to people in need.

Josephine Rodi-Germano joined the group three years ago and said it was a great feeling to help others.

“It’s good to feel that you are making a big difference to people who often don’t have anyone to help them,” she said.

“I don’t know these people and it feels good to help not because I have to or am expected to but because I want to.

“It’s so important for people to look past their own immediate circle.”

The school holds a fortnightly coffee club, where it sells coffee and cakes made by children at the on-site, out of school hours care to raise money for ingredients.

The group, which includes out of school care staff, meets regularly to cook about 150 meals at a time.

Mrs Rodi-Germano said the initiative had spread to other local Catholic primary schools and encouraged interested parents to contact the school or The Shopfront for details on how to get involved.

“The feeling of helping and giving can’t be beaten,” she said.

“There are people out there really hurting that don’t have anyone to turn to.

“Having the opportunity to feel good about helping someone, meeting new people and being a part of something special gives you an internal smile, a happy feeling – it’s a feeling that stays with you and makes you want to help again.”