By Danielle Kutchel
A grateful community came together over lunch and cake to celebrate the tenth birthday of Transit Soup Kitchen and Food Support last week.
Transit is run by Narre Warren Christian Church and provides groceries and meals for those in the community who are doing it tough.
“We felt as Christians that we wanted to feed people, we wanted to help people, clothe people, provide baby bundles to new mothers, provide support to refugees, whoever comes our way. We don’t discriminate against anyone, anyone is welcome to come, anyone is welcome to volunteer,” Pastor Keith Vethaak says.
Transit sees a variety of people come through its doors, from pensioners to the homeless to overrun young families, all of them struggling to make ends meet.
Volunteers keep the place going, cooking food and helping with the grocery distribution, when the small building is transformed into a miniature supermarket complete with a dairy section and a swag of fresh fruit and vegetables.
There are around 110 volunteers, many of them previously clients of Transit.
Sue Hall is one of those who has come full circle with Transit. She volunteers now to give back to the community that has given her so much.
“It’s full of the most caring, loving people that can’t do enough for you. There’s no judging, you’re not judged at all by anybody. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or your background, they accept everybody for who you are.”
Transit is located at Factory 4, 5/3 Webb Street, Narre Warren.