Year 7 students Saorise, Finn P and Antonina along with Finn’s sister Maaike from Class 4 and Saorise’s brother Tighe participated in a recent Kids Giving Back day during Volunteers Week, making meals for homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney. They were part of a group of about 40 kids and parents at the Paddo on Oxford Street who together made 117 cooked meals and 69 sandwiches.
The event, run by KGB program manager Bec and chef Paul, taught the kids about food preparation and hygiene, kitchen safety skills and helped them understand about homelessness - how people come to be homeless, what life can be like for them and importantly what we all could do to help.
The group got busy making sandwiches, while others made delicious vegetable ragout with meatballs and pasta. All of it was nourishing and tasty - made with care and love.
On our way home, we delivered some of the meals to Tierney House, close to St Vincents hospital, where 12 homeless people can stay to access healthcare and support services.
Kids Giving Back run their programs regularly, including over the school holidays. It could be a great class social activity or something to do on the school holidays. There are family sessions on weekends as well. If you’re interested to try it out, their website is: https://kidsgivingback.org