Thanks to Alison Stewart for this update:

It is a while since a report was written about activities of The Dish Van. Quite a few new things have happened. Let me bring you up to date:

Hornsby Baptist Church have a team of cooks who prepared the meal earlier this month for our friends who come to share a meal each Friday. Manning the serving of the meal was another team from the Baptist Church at Hornsby – one of whom has been serving since he was in Year 11 at Normanhurst Boys’ High School. They will all be helping on a regular basis. This is great!

Turramurra Uniting Church has been preparing meals and serving at The Dish on the first Friday of the month for almost ten years – shortly after the activity commenced. This gives the organisers at St. John’s a break away from being “on hand” each week. To have other churches of the area taking on this task is a wonderful way for this activity to be shared by the whole community.

St. Phillip’s Anglican Church, South Turramurra, has a number of men who are also prepared to take on the task of driving the Van to Hornsby, on a rostered basis, to share the load of transporting the meals to serving.

Members of other churches and organisations are represented in those who form the team of volunteers who are rostered to serve each week. To all of these people and organisations we say “Thank you” for the continued help and enthusiasm you all have to continue this community support work.

Last weekend, after news of the death of a woman in Hornsby near the Great North Walk Track, The Dish was inundated in response to a Facebook page put up by one, Pauline, who had offered to help clothe, make warm, these folk who are sleeping rough or are cold with not enough warmth this extremely cold winter. North Shore Mums overwhelmed us with the goods that were brought to the Church. Janet and Alison were helped by Mel from St. Phillip’s to sort through everything. The generosity of local Mums was amazing. Many more “Thank you’s” are needed! Our storage area, in the Van and at the Church were soon filled. Tinned food was put aside so that we can distribute it each Friday we go to serve, women’s and men’s clothing was sorted and stored, then the remainder has been taken to St. Vincent de Paul at Hornsby. Each day needy folk come in to St. Vincent de Paul to get goods, clothing for themselves. This supply will help benefit those in need. There has been a wonderful response to this need this winter. The folk at the Store were delighted with the goods. The folk who receive them will be even more delighted.