The Transit Soup Kitchen is a charitable organisation based in Narre Warren – a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne. Run by the Narre Warren Christian Church, the soup kitchen receives minimal funding from the government. Instead, the generosity and charity of the community are the reasons this vital service continues.
Approximately 200 marginalised and disadvantaged citizens are served hot meals three times a week at the church. The charity distributes a further $15,000 of food and groceries per month to struggling families in the region.
Under the leadership of Pastor Keith Vethaak, the Transit Kitchen has decided to buy a refrigerated van. This will allow them to collect donated food independently, without reliance on freight companies.
The van will also reduce expenses while still meeting the obligations and requirements of food safety laws. The funds required will have to be obtained by donations and fundraising. The amount needed is approximately $15,000.
Wanting to support this noble cause, the Berwick RRT organised a fundraising day on the charity’s behalf.
On Saturday the 18th October a sausage sizzle was held to assist the Soup Kitchen in its fundraising efforts. The location for the event was the carpark of the Narre Warren Ritchies supermarket, chosen because it was a central location for the community to access.
It was a warm sunny day and the support from the local community encouraged the RRT team. In total, there were more than 500 sausages served and over 100 drinks sold. The day raised a total of $1417.95 which the RRT donated to a delighted Pastor Keith. The efforts meant almost 10% of the cost of the refrigerated van was accounted for in one day!!
The Berwick RRT would like to take this opportunity to thank Ritchies Narre Warren for their support and providing the use of their property for the event.