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Salvation soup and sandwiches

THE dedicated team at Leongatha Salvation Army held its 3rd fortnightly Soup and Sandwich Lunch last Wednesday.

The lunch provides food for those who may be isolated from the community or experiencing financial hardship.

Lyn Cochrane and Dorothy Holt of Salvation Army Leongatha cater and organise the events to include older people who often experience marginalisation from social events.

Mrs Holt came up with the idea when she contacted various people in the community and discovered a recurring sense of loneliness amongst those in the aged community.

“The lunch provides an opportunity for older people to socialise and connect.” Mrs Cochrane said.

The lunch includes a bowl of homemade soup, fresh sandwiches and slices. An optional gold coin donation is appreciated to cover food costs with profit going towards the Salvation Army. Any leftover food is handed out in food parcels to those who are struggling financially, another Salvation Army initiative.

“Clients of our social program are referred to us and we hand out food parcels. We package food and deliver it to those in need around the town. We also cover medical costs and welcome them to use our open pantry,” Mrs Cochrane said.

Kat Hobbs, another member of the Salvation Army Leongatha staff, offers a women’s self help program to assist women one on one with life skills. The program also offers women’s meet and greet events coinciding with the Tuesday Cafe initiative. Women are given the opportunity to socialise and discuss common issues.

While the Soup and Sandwich Lunch is set to run through until the end of August, Mrs Cochrane doesn’t see the program coming to an end.

“While nobody wants hot soup in summer, we’re going to gauge the community response and plan ahead from there,” she said.

 Feeding those in need: from left, Dorothy Holt and Lyn Cochrane helped cater and organise the Salvation Army Soup and Sandwich Lunch.


Feeding those in need: from left, Dorothy Holt and Lyn Cochrane helped cater and organise the Salvation Army Soup and Sandwich Lunch.

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