Jindabyne's got soul

Soul Cafe at Jindabyne Uniting Church Hall. 
Photo: Kerry Beer.

Soul Cafe at Jindabyne Uniting Church Hall. Photo: Kerry Beer.

A FREE soup kitchen has opened its doors for another year at Jindabyne Uniting Church Hall.

Soul Cafe coordinator Sue-Ellen Boss-Walker says the cafe is open to anyone who struggles to find a warm meal during the winter months.

"We have a lot of people who come from overseas and aren't aware of the high costs of rent and food," she said.

"Even local people and families who struggle with extra costs over the winter months, Soul Cafe just gives people the opportunity to have a warm meal at least once a week."

The Soul Cafe is non-profit and free for anyone who wishes to come and have dinner. Traditionally all are given soup, followed by a homemade meal and dessert.

Most ingredients, such as rice, sauces and pastas, are donated to the team who spend all day Wednesday and Thursday preparing meals.

This is the third year of operation for the Soul Cafe, with the number of visitors rising each week.

"On our first week this year we had about 35 people come in for dinner," Ms Boss-Walker said.

"The second week, that number jumped to 110 and each week it's only gotten busier."

The idea for the service came about when Ms Boss-Walker and her husband Ben saw need for it in the community.

The Cafe now runs with the help of Peter and Kerry Beer and a team of volunteers each week.

"We have a great team of people who put this together each week, who all volunteer their time and it's just great," Ms Boss-Walker said.

The Soul Cafe is open every Thursday in winter from 6pm to 8pm at the Uniting Church Hall, 19 Gippsland Street, Jindabyne.

Any food donations would be greatly appreciated and can made on Wednesdays or Thursdays to Sue-Ellen Boss-Walker at the Uniting Church Hall.

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