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by Naomie Nguyen (subscribe)
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Published August 10th 2013
Bringing another meaning to good food
Many Australians are keen on the idea of volunteering and helping the disadvantaged but just don't know where to start.

A fantastic charity organisation, The Exodus Foundation, established a restaurant in Ashfield in Sydney's Inner West to help provide assistance to Australians in need.

Loaves and Fishes Restaurant
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Founded in 1989 by Reverend Bill Crews, the restaurant services the poor and needy with the help of volunteers. There are approximately 250 guests a day, who have arrived by different means of transport from surrounding areas as well as Greater Sydney.
Exodus Headquarters
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Breakfast is served at 9 am each day and the main meal - lunch - is served between 11:30 am and 12:45 pm in what used to be the community hall of Exodus headquarters on Liverpool Road. Food consists of a hearty meal, usually a meat dish and potatoes. After the immediate needs of food are met, guests can also consult with professionals for support through Exodus's Social Health and Wellbeing Services and other welfare support systems offered by Exodus's partners.

Exodus also runs other food services such as the Night Van which serves free food to the homeless in the Sydney CBD everyday (except New Year's Eve), the Marrickville food service which provides coffee and free meals to locations in the Marrickville area and the annual Exodus Christmas Day Lunch. These services are staffed by employees and volunteers alike.

Volunteers and donations are warmly welcomed at the restaurant. When we went to volunteer (in a small group) there were individuals as well as even school groups. Even before meals, volunteers can help to prepare food alongside the experienced cooks and arrange cutlery. During meals, volunteers can help distribute cutlery and dessert tickets, pour drinks, help with tea and coffee and even cleaning up afterwards. Often guests are very friendly - dropping jokes and friendly greetings. There is even a small library in the alcove near the entrance, full of fulfilling reads (although to my horror I spied a stray copy of Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight'.)

To volunteer and give back to the community is a very rewarding experience to the individual as well as society. I encourage anyone to help out by volunteering and donating to charities and goodwill services such as the Loaves and Fishes Restaurant. It is such an eye-opening experience that you could even take a bunch of high school kids during the holidays or a band of friends to serve the community and share the fuzzy happiness of a warm meal.
Loaves and Fishes Restaurant - Interior
Photo: Naomie Nguyen
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Why? Volunteering at Soup Kitchen
Phone: 61 2 8752 4600
Where: 180 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Cost: None
Your Comment
That's really great. Good on you for volunteering, I bet it was fun too :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2050 days ago
This is really interesting! I am glad that there are places out there helping people and to know that i can help is fantastic.
by sarar (score: 0|2) 2048 days ago
What a great initiative!
by Cayrole (score: 1|54) 2039 days ago
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