Chicken soup for many more Bacchus Marsh souls

WE’VE all heard of Meals on Wheels, but a Bacchus Marsh community group is planning to take food service to a whole new level.

The Marsh Food Bus organisers plan to establish a mobile soup kitchen to feed the area’s homeless. It be will at Moorabool Council offices by day and parked in a central location a couple of nights a week to feed people in need.

Bus staffer Edward Groot said he felt compelled to help after reading reports about the growing problem of homelessness in Bacchus Marsh.

“Homelessness is apparently a big problem, not only in Bacchus Marsh,” he said.

“We can’t give them a roof over their head, but we can at least try to give them a feed and let their children go to bed without hunger.

“There has been a soup bus operating very successfully in Ballarat for the past three years . . . so hopefully we can do the same in the Marsh. I am sure, together, we can achieve it.”

Mr Groot has five helpers on his books, but is looking to recruit an army of 100 volunteers, who need only donate their time once a month for a few hours.

“So far the volunteer list is promising, but we still need quite a bit more.”

Mr Groot is also seeking a qualified electrician to help out, but donations of items such as a stove or oven, hot water service, greywater tank, water pump, bar fridge or freezer and a rangehood to complete a fitout of the kitchen are also needed.

More details: 0409 230 416.