Our Lady's Kitchen

What is Our Lady's Kitchen?

In partnership with Gladesville and Rozelle Vinnies, the St Merkorious Charity and the Gift of Bread Foundation, Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish have started Our Lady’s Kitchen to bring freshly cooked meals, bread, hampers and the like to those in need in our local area, and who have no one else to look after them.

We are currently delivering meals to around 35 people in our local community, with plans to extend this further.

One of the Our Lady's Kitchen murals at St Charles Borromeo Primary School, Ryde, painted by Fr Alfredo Serrano-Vasquez

"Even though ours is a fairly affluent area, there are still many people who have 'fallen through the cracks' and to whom Jesus and our Lady are directing us."

- Fr Greg Morgan FMVD, Parish Priest

Parish Priest Fr Greg assisting with food preparations at our site at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Gladesville

How can I help?

There are a number of ways to help out with the OLK initiative, and help those most in need.

Whether it's volunteering your time, donating goods or contributing financially, or even referring people in need to service, there's a number of ways to play a part in helping others. We are always looking for continued support and new volunteers.

If you are able to assist, please find out more throug the drop downs below or contact the Parish office via phone on 9807 2466 or via email at office@rgcp.org.au.

Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer with Our Lady's Kitchen, please email Anna Alessi at olk@rgcp.org.au for information on role specifics.

Currently, we are particuarly seeking drivers to pick up the food and return it to OLQP on Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:30pm.

We also require food packers at OLQP from 2:30pm on these days.

Please note, as a all volunteers within Ryde-Gladesville Parish, including the OLK initiative will need to complete an Archdiocese Volunteer Registration form and return it to the Parish Office. For those who volunteer with children more than 5 times per year, further Safeguarding documentation training is required. All forms and further information can be found on our Volunteer page.

Physical donations or business assistance

If you or your business are able to donate basic foodstuffs, snacks, drinks, petrol vouchers or any other services, please contact Anna Alessi at olk@rgcp.org.au.

Financial donations

If you'd like to make a donation to support the continued work of Our Lady's Kitchen, you can donate to the Parish Fundraising Account below:

BSB: 062 784

Account No: 100 009 813

You can also donate directly on the Parish website homepage via the 'Donate Now' BPay portal, noting in the description that your donation is for Our Lady's Kitchen.

Your generosity will go a long way in supporting vulnerable and homeless members on the fringes of our community, and ensuring we can expand our services to assist those most in need.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Referrals

Do you know someone who could benefit from this service? Anyone can receive this service, regardless of creed, race or orientation. All that is needed to qualify for this service is to be in circumstances of current substantial need and have no one else to help them.

If you know someone we could help, please contact Anna at olk@rgcp.org.au.

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