Since 2003 St. John’s Uniting Church Wahroonga has been operating a soup van “The Dish” in Hornsby, each week serving a nourishing three course meal to those who come. It began with soup and now we have an average of a dozen folk who come to share a meal with us.

Fresh fruit and vegetables and bread rolls are donated by local businesses and meals are prepared by members of the Church and wider community. The Dish is a broad ecumenical effort with volunteers from other Churches in the area, including Waitara Adventist, Hornsby Uniting, Cathedral of Our Lady, Waitara, Bobbin Head Anglican Church, Bible Study groups, Turramurra Uniting Church, Thornleigh Chinese and Australian Baptist Church and Thornleigh Community Baptist Church.

In October 2011 the Dish expanded to a second evening, thanks to a great cooperative effort by a number of local schools and Catholic Churches. The Dish is now regularly supported by members of the Prouille, St. Leo’s, Abbotsleigh, St. Edmund’s, and Knox Prep. communities, in partnership with Catholic Churches of the Broken Bay Diocese: Holy Name Wahroonga, St. Patrick’s Asquith and Sacred Heart Pymble.

Since December 2016, on every Friday evening the Van and Dish meal service has been taken on by a different group of people from various organisations wishing to be part of this Service to the needy in Hornsby. The Staff of Knox Preparatory School, the Staff of Sydney Adventist Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers, and the Soroptimists have taken the Van out and served a meal to those who come. Continuing to serve on a monthly basis is the Turramurra Uniting Church and the Thornleigh Chinese and Australian Baptist Church. Other groups serve on a bimonthly basis or when the Schools are on holidays – Bible study group from St. Matthew’s West Pymble and Hornsby Baptist Church as well as Holy Name Church Wahroonga – which takes the Van out on some Fridays as well as Tuesdays. The original group from St. John’s still continue to make meals and serve on a regular basis.

Some of the Schools of Wahroonga and those of the Broken Bay Diocese of the Catholic Church continue to take the Van out on Tuesdays evenings.

This is a wonderful way for different groups in the community to share the responsibility of helping those of our community who need support.

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